Heart Attack Symptoms in Women: Everything You Need to Know

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Samantha Miller, MBChB

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A myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack, occurs when the blood supply to the heart is interrupted. Historically, this condition was thought to primarily occur in men, but recent studies suggest that folks of all genders, including women, are just as susceptible to cardiovascular disease. However, since much of the historic research on heart attack symptoms has focused on men, other symptoms, such as those particular to women, have been overlooked and under studied. 

With this in mind, understanding various symptoms associated with a myocardial infarction can help a person experiencing a heart attack receive the care they need in a timely manner.