Did you know that when a woman has a heart attack, she may not have the same symptoms as men. Only about 60 % of women will experience crushing chest pain, while the 70% of men have chest pain with a heart attack.
Because women’s symptoms may be more subtle and not as obvious as men’s are, this can delay treatment, which puts a woman at increased risk.
Women should be alert for any chest discomfort that occurs during or after exercise. They should also watch for:
- Increased feelings of fatigue
- Shoulder, neck or arm pain
- Confusion, and
I recently interviewed a woman who had some chest pain while hiking, but she didn’t stop, mistaking the symptoms for being at a higher altitude. When the pain didn’t go away and got much worse, she went to the ER, where she was surprised to learn that she had had a heart attack. The tests showed that she had probably had at least 2 smaller heart attacks on previous occasions that she had also ignored.
Don’t delay if you have any worrisome symptoms – call 911.