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Heart Attacks in Women vs. Men

By: Hannah Ropp   March 8, 2018

Many women think they would recognize the signs of a heart attack. After all, we’ve all seen how heart attacks are depicted on TV and film. The character generally clutches their chest and collapses to the ground. However, many women are surprised to learn that heart attacks affect them differently than their male counterparts. 

There’s a very good reason for women knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer among women and claims the lives of over 44 million women in the U.S. each year.

Many women who have suffered from a heart attack describe feeling as if they had the flu. Some other common symptoms include:

  • Prolonged or intermittent uncomfortable pressure in your chest
  • Pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness or syncope
  • Profound fatigue

According to Coordinated Health Cardiologist Minh Q Nguyen, MD, early detection of a heart attack could save your life. “Earlier identification and recognition leads to timely emergency care which limits heart damage, increases chance of survival and decreases long term negative consequences including mortality and potential disability form heart attacks,” he says. 





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