Heart attack symptoms vary between men and women
Women and men are at the same risk of heart attacks. Many people now know that chest pain and pressure is a symptom of a heart attack. This is often the case with men. In women, however, the signals are a lot more subtle. We explain how to recognize a heart attack in women.
As women, we are constantly reminded to check our breasts for any symptoms of breast cancer. It is striking that we don’t often hear anything about the risk of a heart attack, even though twice as many women die of a heart attack as of breast cancer. This is because the signs of a heart attack are much more subtle in women than in men. Even doctors do not always know how to signal a heart attack to a woman in time. In fact, women are 50% more likely than men to have a heart attack that a doctor diagnoses as something else.
Read on the next page how to recognize a heart attack in women.