7 Signs Of Heart Attacks Women Should Never Ignore

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While it can be a scary thing to think about, being aware of the signs and symptoms of heart attacks is really important, not only for you, but for the people you love. The truth of the matter is, some of the ways that heart attacks hint at their arrival can be a lot less obvious than you might think. Being aware of the signs so you can recognize them in the moment, or even before an attack actually happens, can be potentially lifesaving.

"Early warning signs can occur with anyone," Nicole Weinberg, MD, cardiologist at Providence Saint John's Health Center, tells Bustle. "You can be a healthy exercising person with a healthy [lifestyle] and still have heart disease."

Once upon a time, Dr. Weinberg days, heart attack symptoms for women were less obvious than the symptoms that men showed, but we're now realizing that men often have these same more subtle signs as well.

Therefore, keeping on top of any changes in your body is important. Dr. Weinberg says that if any new physical symptoms are showing up in your life, check in with a doctor and make sure that your heart is safe.

"An electrocardiogram and a stress test are very easy and low maintenance tests that can be life-saving," Dr. Weinberg says.

Take a look below at some of the early signs of a heart attack that you should not ignore.