Pain in the neck, back, jaw, teeth, arms (typically the left) and shoulder blades is a frequent symptom of heart attack in women.
This is called “radiating” pain and is due to the fact that the heart has many fewer nerve endings than, say, the fingertip, where pain will be localized, Dr. Hayes explains.
“When the heart is being injured, pain can be felt in other areas,” she says. Generally, though, pain related to a heart attack is confined to the upper body. It’s not likely to travel below the belly button.