Response to post on 5-15-07 “heart attack”

In response to the posting on 5-15-07 about heart attacks, I also would like to mention the fact that women usually have less symptoms than the typical chest pain, nausea, vomiting, etc. Women are less likely to feel the severe chest pain and are more likely to report heartburn in the upper abdomen or pain in the breast, or sometimes just a dull ache in the jaw area, thus making a delay in getting to the hospital promptly for treatment. Physicians may also have a harder time diagnosing a woman having a heart attack because of the atypical symptoms. Women’s heart attacks may be more damaging or associated with more severe medical complications, possibly because of the underreporting and late diagnosis that may result from presenting with atypical symptoms.

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