Patient Comments: Heart Attacks in Women - Signs and Symptoms

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If you've had a heart attack, what were your signs and symptoms? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Woodgirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

The pain for the first heart attack was feeling like a fist was going through my chest to my back. My second heart attack was nausea and upper gastric pain. My third heart attack was immediate nausea, and upper gastric pain radiating to my chest very fast. If you think it's a heart attack, go to the hospital immediately. Even if you don't think it's a heart attack, it could possibly be one, don't take the chance. Your life is important, it's worth it to go to the hospital.

Comment from: Alphafemale, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I am a 76 year old woman with a healthy life style; gym 3 days a week, healthy eating, and no smoking. I do have cholesterol and slightly high blood pressure and take medicines for both. I also have GERD and the day I had the heart attack, I had just risen from a nap and felt pressure\pain in the center of my chest. I thought it was the GERD, but took 2 baby aspirins and waited. Pain got worse, and I called my friend to drive me to hospital. Second blood test showed elevated enzymes. I had catheterization and 2 stents.

Comment from: jmu1975, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I had a heart attack 8 months ago. I had just lost 15 pounds for my daughter's wedding and had been eating well and getting plenty of exercise. I am not overweight, but I do have high blood pressure for which I was on medication and have high cholesterol with low HDL. I awoke to low back pain that was a nagging pain but didn’t think anything much of it, just that maybe I had overdone it. As the day progressed I noticed my blood pressure was on the high side which is unusual since I am on medications. I still didn’t think much of it, had heartburn before dinner time and took something for it. It seemed better, I went out shopping and collapsed and went unconscious. I was alone in the store in a remote section of the store and came to on my own. I was sweating profusely and vomited. I still had no idea. I blamed it on the fact it had been so hot and maybe I was dehydrated. I went to the emergency room where after hours of tests I was told I had had a heart attack and I had to have angioplasty and 2 stents placed, one for 100 percent blockage and the other for 80 percent blockage. I never thought it could happen to me. I was 57.

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