Signs & risks of heart problems


Heart attack symptoms for women can be subtle and are not always easy to diagnose without a blood test and assessment by medical professionals. Forty per cent of women won’t experience the typical crushing chest pain, and are more likely to experience non-chest pain symptoms such as:

  • Unusual pain in your neck, chest, shoulder, jaw, abdomen and/or through to your back
  • Feeling short of breath, sweaty
  • Racing of your heart or feeling of “fluttering”
  • Light headedness
  • Nausea and vomiting

If you have unusual pain then you should always get medical attention. Women tend to delay in seeking treatment for many reasons, embarrassment or in order not to be a burden on others. But this can lead to you being less likely to receive timely, life-saving treatment. You should call for an ambulance and not be worried about being embarrassed if it turns out to be a false alarm. Do not try and drive yourself (or allow a family/friend) to take you to hospital.

Heart Smart Pocket Guide

Heart Research Australia has come up with the Heart Smart Pocket Guide, which is a handy guide to heart attack symptoms and the recommended response in case of a possible emergency. It is designed to fit in your pocket or wallet so you’ll be able to take it with you wherever you go.

Order your FREE Heart Smart Pocket Guide here.

Note: The Heart Smart Pocket Guide is only available to Australian residents.