Question: Are pre-heart attack symptoms different in women? Bea (León).
Answer: The classic symptoms of heart attack are the same in both genders: pain or pressure in the chest that can radiate to the neck or arms, difficulty breathing, dizziness, nausea, cold, sweat and a weak pulse. However, women can more commonly feel throat discomfort, vomiting, and general discomfort that can be mistaken for a digestive problem. Perhaps because of the latter, women usually take longer to see a doctor when they have a heart attack episode.