Beauty, Fitness & Nutrition

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Every 7 minutes, someone dies from a heart attack in Canada. Although the average age for heart attacks in 2010 was 71, heart attacks are not limited to seniors! These videos illustrate some of the common signs of a heart attack for men vs. women.

Diabetics may not have typical heart attack symptoms at all! If in doubt, call 911.

This educational & funny short video illustrates a woman’s experience with heart attack & the warning symptoms. Heart disease & stroke are the #1 cause of death for women in Canada & the United States.


This infographic from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health points out the more common symptoms for women experiencing a heart attack:

heart attack symptoms, women, lightheadedness, trouble breathing, short of breath, numbness, chest pain, discomfort, arms, back, jaw, neck, between shoulders, upset stomach, chest fullness, pressure, squeezing, cold sweat

  • lightheadedness
  • trouble breathing / shortness of breath
  • numbness, pain, or discomfort in the arms, back, jaw, neck, and between the shoulders
  • upset stomach
  • chest pain, fullness, pressure, or squeezing – lasting more than a few minutes, or it comes and goes in waves
  • breaking into a cold sweat

Days or weeks before the onset, some women may feel very tired, have heartburn, a cough, experience loss of appetite, or have heart flutters (Atrial Fibrillation)

It’s not only seniors and older adults that have heart attacks.

More About Heart Disease, Heart Attacks, High Blood Pressure/Hypertension, And Strokes:

High Blood Pressure: Risks, Causes, and Prevention

Hormone Therapy for Menopause and Heart Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease: Symptoms & Risk Factors

Warning Signs of Stroke

Health Risks for Aging Couch Potatoes

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

American Heart Association

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Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & writer Anita Hamilton's articles are inspired by real historical events, places, and people. Her travel experiences, a lifelong keen interest in history, art, vintage music, books, silent films, classic movies, "golden age" television shows, fashion, & entertainment in general - combined with years of research - make her a subject matter expert with acquired knowledge & expertise on these topics. This, and a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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