Patient Comments: Heart Attack Symptoms and Signs - Women


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Comment from: LyndaT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I had a small spot (about size of a dime) of pain in my throat on the right side of throat when I had heart attack. Later it spread like fingers in my chest and into right jaw.

Comment from: arrowhead, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had a heart attack. I'm only 35. I woke up and was feeling extremely sleepy. I walked down my hallway and started having intense pain running from shoulder to shoulder. I started vomiting and both arms got numb and tingling. I had trouble breathing. Called 911. I flat lined on the way to the hospital and was told I had 100 percent blocked artery and had a stent put in. They said I was lucky to be alive.

Comment from: thankful 2 b alive, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I broke out in a sweat, vomited, had severe burning in my left arm, and was dizzy. A neurologist told me it was all related to my sciatic nerve. Turns out he was wrong, the same exact symptoms happened again a few months later and I had cardiac arrest. Luckily I was not home alone, my friends found me on the bathroom floor unresponsive and called 911. These heart attack symptoms should not be ignored and women need to be taken seriously when reporting symptoms such as these!

Comment from: back pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

One year ago, I went to the emergency room with severe pain between my shoulder blades, like I was being stabbed. I was told it was not my heart, and it continued at least once a week, lasting 2 to 3 days at times. I would take ibuprofen, and it would ease up and I was also using ice and heat, and a sock filled with rice; the counter pressure helped. I was driving this last time, I was having a heart attack, made it home, went by ambulance. I was 100 percent blocked in one of my arteries, and I now have stent.

Comment from: Roseanna, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I had intermittent attacks of sharp pain between the shoulder blades going on for months. I was otherwise healthy. They sent me to a pain clinic where I got shots in my back for musculoskeletal pain! Not until it got so bad one day that I took an ambulance to the emergency room and told them to check my heart; only then did they run tests and immediately rushed me for an angioplasty. I had one place with 100 percent blockage. I’m lucky to be alive with only mild damage to the heart muscle. The medical system is flawed. You have to be your own advocate! The nurse told me they’d rather have me come 10 times on a false alarm than miss coming in once and have it be fatal.

Comment from: Greeneyes, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

I've had nausea, vomiting, shoulder, back, chest, ear, jaw and arm pain and pressure, fatigue, no appetite, and dizziness for 7 months! Finally my family physician sent me for nuclear stress test. I was sick all day afterward. No answers yet! I am worried if these are atypical symptoms of a heart attack.

Comment from: Ejmama1212, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I've had moderate chest, shoulder, and upper stomach pain on and off for the past 2 days. I have been feeling lightheaded and very fatigued. The emergency room gave me antacids and sent me on my way. No tests, no EKG, nothing. I was deemed too young for my symptoms to be cardiac, even with a family history, high BMI, history of anxiety, and high blood pressure. This is why heart disease is the number 1 killer of women in the US.

Comment from: HillCountryMom88, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I had a heart attack summer of 2016 at age 47. I was lucky to have classic symptoms, starting with general feeling bad, then arm pain, then pressure in chest and difficulty breathing. When I broke out in a cold sweat, I immediately went to the emergency room. I vomited as I was entering the building. Heart rate was already down in the 30s at that point. I still have other blockages that they did not fix and I still have pain. The last several days I have felt off and woken up in the middle of the night with nausea. I don't know if I should worry. My mother thought she had food poisoning and none of the classic symptoms. After 2 days they finally hooked her to an EKG and rushed her to catheterization lab, but the damage was too extensive after such a long time. She was only 54 and died in the catheterization lab.

Comment from: Nnina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I felt a burning sensation in my left breast which was my symptom of heart attack.

Comment from: gemgirl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I woke up feeling like I wanted to throw up, very nauseous so I went to the bathroom, but did not vomit. I had the same problem the night before. I had pain in shoulder area earlier. I have had the usual tests but nothing shows as far as me having a heart attack.


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Comment from: fox stanley, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

On January 5 2017 I had a heart attack and I had shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, passed out, and lost control of my bowels.

Comment from: irene, 19-24 (Patient) Published: October 03

I have a feeling of stabbing pain under my breastbone, and the pain radiates to my arms and back. I have had 4 ECG and chest x-ray. They said I have sinus tachycardia. Since June, I still have the pain up till now.

Comment from: Salpal, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I’ve had pain in my left arm for 6 days now, I wonder if I should be worried about heart attack.

Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 10

I wonder if people with heart attack have waist pain that makes it difficult for them to stand. My mum is experiencing that now.

Comment from: calebf, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I have had 5 heart attacks and I may be having my sixth, I have experienced these symptoms.

Comment from: Melissa H., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

Saturday night I woke up with the strangest but worst heart burn. I had excessive saliva and very nauseous. I even vomited after about an hour of being bent over a waste can. I fell back to sleep about 1.5 to 2 hours later. I wonder if I should be concerned about heart attack, it has been almost 2 days.

Comment from: michie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I usually got that pain by my left breast, under the breast. And it causes difficulty in breathing, and dizziness. I wonder if I am at risk for a heart attack.


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