As a 56 year old female, I can tell you after suffering a heart attack just one week ago, that women's symptoms are quite different.
I have many health issues so when I started to experience my symptoms, I tried to explain them away. I had two voices in my head: one telling me to go to the ER and the other telling me to go take a nap. The ER voice was winning because the whole time I was debating with myself, I was getting myself dressed to head to the hospital.
I have arthritis and fibromyalgia in my neck, and I also have issues with my teeth, so when my neck and jaw started to bother me I wasn't too concerned. Especially since it was coming and going and was just bothersome, not really any pain involved. Then I started having some pain in my left back, just below the shoulder blade. It started to radiate to both my arms, the left one more so, but the pain went to my finger tips then the pain started to recede and I just felt a slight numbness. I knew in my head it was a heart attack but still continued with my debate all the way to the ER. I even told my ride not to wait, that I'd call when I needed picked up, telling myself it was just a bout of gas!
Upon my arrival they did an EKG, the nurse left the room and returned with a defibrillator and I knew 100 percent this was a heart attack. They called a code and all hell broke loose in my room. I was immediately whisked out of my room to the cath lab and had a stent placed in my circumflex artery which was 80 percent blocked. This all took place within 1 hour and 15 minutes! I went home the following day!
Women, listen to your body. It really does talk to you! Never ignore your symptoms. I am certainly glad I listened!