Recognising Female Heart Attack Symptoms
Chest pain or symptoms of heart attack are often considered as disease or illness of men. But heart attack and coronary artery disease have become common in women as well. Many women also get the characteristic symptoms of heart attack like:
- Heaviness, pressure, fullness or squeezing pain in the center or left side of the chest, which may extend to the neck, shoulder or jaw;
- Chest discomfort or heaviness with lightheadedness, dizziness, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
But most women do not have the classical symptoms of heart attack. According to a study 43% of the women did not have "acute chest pain... a 'characteristic symptom in men.’ But according to the author many doctors still look mainly for chest pain and disregard other symptoms that women tend to develop. Hence many times doctors may miss heart attacks in women.
[Read: Symptoms of Heart Attack]
Some experts say that besides the doctors women should also recognize that they may not have chest tightness as a symptom of a heart attack.
The symptoms that women may have include:
- Shortness of breath,
- Unexplained fatigue or tiredness,
- Pressure in the lower part of chest (this makes them think that the symptom is due to a stomach ailment.
[Read: Heart Attack Symptoms in Women]
Other symptoms that women can have include:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Upper abdominal pain or discomfort which may seem like indigestion
- Back pain
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Source: Expert Content Jan 19, 2013
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