At Sentara, we recognize the unique health needs of women, especially when it comes to heart disease. In those assigned female at birth, heart disease is the leading cause of death. Women's heart disease also tends to go underrecognized, misdiagnosed and untreated. Our heart specialists have extensive expertise diagnosing and treating women's heart disease.
Some experience the tell-tale signs of a heart attack: a sharp pain or pressure in the chest that moves down your arm. But many experience more subtle symptoms, some of which might seem like anxiety or heartburn.
Symptoms of a heart attack in women may include:
- Cold sweats
- Extreme fatigue
- Extreme shortness of breath
Women may also experience pain in the:
- Shoulder blade
- Upper abdomen