Signs of a Heart Attack in Women (Female Heart Failure Symptoms)

Heart Attack kills more women than men every year. There are some reasons behind that. Before that we should understand whats heart Attack. Heart Attack means blockage of blood supply to some heart muscles due to some blockage in arteries. If this blockage remains for a long time then the heart muscles facing the deficiency of blood supply may die. Such permanent failure of some heart muscles can be avoided if we understand the signs of heart attack on time and visit a doctor.

We often think that Heart Attack and Heart Failure are same. You can know the difference from the following Article.
Heart Attack is different from Heart Failure.

Heart Attack may lead to Heart Failure if some heart muscles die permanently due to lack of blood supply.
as i told you earlier that heart attack kills more women than men every year. Similarly Heart Failure is reported more in Women. The main reason behind more heart attacks in women is that signs of heart attack is not more visible in women and they often take it as something else.

Women feel less or negligible pain in chest during heart attack, which is just opposite for men. Women might feel more pain in neck and arm than chest.

Signs of a Heart Attack in Women


  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain in arm(s), back, neck, or jaw
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sweating

Heart Failure in Women


Heart Failure is inability to pump blood properly. Its not a life threatening condition but should be treated as soon as possible if you want to save a few years of your life. Chances of Hear Failure increases with age. Women face heart failure at a later stage than men. There may be several causes responsible for heart failure in women such a high blood pressure for long period or going through depression for a long time. Depression is common problem among women and a number of times its found associated with heart failure. But the good news is that women survive longer than men with heart failure. Swelling around ankles is more common in women than men.

Female Heart Failure Symptoms


Some common symptoms visible in females going through heart failure are given below.

  • Breathlessness
  • Tiredness
  • Swollen Ankles


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