A sharp pain or a tight feeling in the chest, along with shortness of breath. By now, most of us have been briefed on the warning signs of a heart attack, but according to the American Heart Association, those are typical signs of a heart attack in men; for women they can be different.
Teri Arnold with the American Heart Association says it is not unusual for women to think they have come down with the flu.
The AHA recommends that you know your numbers. Visit the doctor at least once a year to know your blood pressure, your fasting blood glucose levels, your cholesterol levels and your weight – all risk factors for heart disease – and all can be controlled, thus preventing a heart attack.