Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
Women may experience different heart attack warning signs than men.

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women:

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, heart disease kills 1 out of 4 women in the United States. For many women, a heart attack may present itself with symptoms that are easy to ignore instead of crushing chest pain.


The most common warning signals for a woman experiencing a heart attack may include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
  • Chest discomfort with sweating
  • Pain that spreads from the chest to the arm, neck, or jaw
  • Shortness of breath, tiredness, or upset stomach
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue

When you're having a heart attack, every second counts. The longer the heart blockage remains untreated, the more heart muscle can die. Drugs that break down blockages must be administered in the first hours after a heart attack to be successful and minimize lasting damage.


If you are at risk for heart disease or have any of these symptoms, seek medical attention or call 9-1-1 immediately.

5 Convenient ER Locations
ERs Nearby in Powell & Knoxville


North Knoxville Medical Center

7565 Dannaher Dr.
Powell, TN 37849


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Avg. ER Wait:
10 minutes

Turkey Creek Medical Center

10820 Parkside Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37934


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Avg. ER Wait:
0 minutes

Jefferson Memorial Hospital

110 Hospital Dr.
Jefferson City, TN 37760


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0 minutes

Newport Medical Center

435 Second St.
Newport, TN 37821


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Avg. ER Wait:
29 minutes

LaFollette Medical Center

923 E Central Ave.
LaFollette, TN 37766


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Avg. ER Wait:
4 minutes

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