WOMEN AND HEART ATTACKS
May 17, 2008
Most women don't believe they're as vulnerable to heart attacks as men, thats wrong. Heart attack deaths are about the same for both sexes. Heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men.
There are differences in how women and men respond to a heart attack. Women are less likely than men to believe they're having a heart attack and more likely to delay in seeking emergency treatment.
Women are usually about 10 years older than men when they experience a heart attack. They are more likely to have other conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure, adding to the urgency to get proper treatment immediately.
Women need to know the heart attack warning signs. These are:
-Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest.
-Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
-Shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.
As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort.