Heart attack differences in men and women
SCRANTON (WOLF) —
The human heart works pretty much the same in both men and women. When coronary artery disease leads to a heart attack, some of the classic symptoms for both sexes are chest pressure, radiating pain in the left arm, shortness of breath, nausea and sweating.
Dr. David Fitzpatrick says not all, but a number of women will have less dramatic symptoms than men.
“However, there is a percentage of women as compared to men that present without these classic symptoms, it could more vague or absent, can be breathlessness or fatigue or vague chest pain or nothing,” Dr. Fitzpatrick said.
There is a certain percentage of women have a tendency to brush off even the smallest of symptoms like feeling really tired or worn out after doing something you normally do every day.
Even simple things like making your bed, walking up stairs or light chores. Make sure to pay attention if these things seem to wear you out more than usual.
“We recognize that women don’t seek treatment in a timely manner therefore the diagnosis is delayed and a percentage of women do worse,” Dr. Fitzpatrick added.
What’s the advice for women in this category? Stay connected to your primary care physician. They’re trained to detect subtle changes in your health, stay fit through diet and exercise and above all, don’t smoke and if you do, take steps to quit.
Dr. Fitzpatrick says diabetes combined with obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol further increase risk for some women.