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1.Signs of a Heart Attack
a.discomfort or pressure in the chest
b.pain in the jaw, left arm or back
c.shortness of breath
2.Female Heart Attack Symptoms
As opposed to men, many women never experience chest pain.
Instead, a woman may feel:
a.discomfort in her jaw, back or neck rather than chest
b.shortness or breath
c.nausea or vomiting
Since the symptoms are more vague, women tend to delay seeking treatment.
3.Are womens hearts really that different from mens hearts?
They certainly can be. For years, almost all heart research was performed on men, assuming that ‘a heart is a heart.’ Only in the last decade has specific research on womens hearts begun in earnest. We do know that women are more likely to die from a heart attack or stroke than men are.
Part of the reason is that women tend to put off seeing the doctor because they ignore their symptoms or attribute them to something else, like indigestion.
Another reason is that the symptoms of a womans heart attack can be very different than the symptoms a man experiences.
4.What is particularly surprising about women and heart disease?
One thing that is surprising is that the risk of dying of heart disease is actually increasing in women age 35-44.
Those who are especially at risk are those who smoke, have diabetes, high blood pressure, are obese, have a sedentary lifestyle, and/or a family history of heart disease.
Young women who are on birth control and smoke are at an even higher risk of heart attack, stroke and blood clots in the lungs and legs.