You may think you know the common symptoms of a heart attack, but most people cite the symptoms that males commonly have, which include pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest and difficulty breathing. For women, symptoms are not as obvious and therefore, are often dismissed or overlooked, causing a great many deaths among women. Heart attack symptoms for women include weakness, shortness of breath and nausea. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 rather than driving to the hospital or urgent care. With every passing minute without treatment, your chances of full recovery diminish. Paramedics can treat you while you are in transport and will get you to the hospital that is best equipped to address the seriousness of your condition.