Source: UCSF School of Medicine
Women are less likely than men to believe they’re having a heart attack and more likely to delay seeking emergency treatment. Women also tend to be about 10 years older than men when they have a heart attack. They are more likely to have other conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, making it even more important that they get proper treatment quickly.While women may have the classic symptom of chest pain when experiencing a heart attack, they are also more likely to present with atypical symptoms. Heart attack warning signs include:
"Women may feel shy about calling 911 or coming to the emergency room, because they are afraid that it’s a false alarm. I would urge everybody to let us make that decision. It’s a lot easier when you’ve got an EKG in your hand, and you’re looking at the patient, rather than making that decision over the phone."
Anne Thorson, MD