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Heart Attack Signs in Men and Women

Dr. Celigoj  

Annie Celigoj, MD, is a cardiologist with Banner Desert Medical Center.

Question: How do warning signs of a heart attack differ from women to men?

Answer: Heart attacks don't pick their victims based on gender and can sneak up on any unsuspecting person if they are not familiar with their symptoms. Both men and women can suffer from heart attacks, but detection for women detection can be a little more tricky.

For instance, most people are familiar with the "typical" symptoms of a heart attack in men: acute chest pain, nausea and shortness of breath. While these are also warning signs in females, many women experience different symptoms that might not automatically determine a heart attack. Such symptoms include nausea, upper abdominal pressure or discomfort, dizziness and lower chest and upper back pain.

Oftentimes, women interpret the unfamiliar symptoms as indigestion, arthritis or stress. It is common to feel these symptoms and write them off as a result of fatigue or being overworked. However, if a cluster of these symptoms appear more than normal, it is important to see a physician immediately. The most important thing is to recognize how your body feels and take action. before the attack progresses. progression worsens. Clear communication and knowledge of the symptoms can save

Page Last Modified: 02/22/2010
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