Heart attacks are any person’s worst nightmare, regardless of gender. But if you’re a woman, your heart attack might look significantly different from a man’s, which means you might not even realize what’s happening. One viral Twitter thread aims to change that.
Twitter user @geewheezie suffered a heart attack earlier this month, and it didn’t feel anything like what she expected.
“I want to warn women our heart attacks feel different,” she wrote. “I had a 95% block in my left anterior descending artery. I’m alive because I called 911. I never had chest pain. It wasn’t what you read in pamphlets. I had it off & on for weeks.”
While the “typical” heart attack involves serious chest pain, this woman experienced pain in other areas, like her upper back, shoulder blades, and arms.
“I actually thought it was muscle strain,” @geewheezie wrote. “It wasn’t until I broke into drenching sweat & started vomiting that I called 911.”
Now this is a post that deserves to go viral. If more women knew about this difference in symptoms, they might not wait so long to get help.