Largely thanks to movies and TV, we have a broad misconception that heart attacks are sudden dramatic events that prompt a victim to fall to the ground clutching his or her chest.
The truth of the matter is that the signs of a heart attack are much more varied and complex than that. In fact, some heart attack symptoms can seem entirely unconnected to the function of the heart.
This is especially true in women. Women are, therefore, more likely to overlook signs that may suggest heart failure and are less likely to survive a heart attack than their male counterparts. So, it's important for all women to familiarize themselves with the more unusual heart attack symptoms and to take note of changes or patterns that ring alarm bells.