Why Heart Attacks in Women is Often Overlooked by Doctors
A study was conducted on 2009 women and 976 men hospitalized for heart attack in 103 hospitals. It was found that chest pain was predominant symptom for men and women (around 80% for both sexes).
Most women, however, prior to being hospitalized, never thought their symptoms could be related to heart health. It has to do with the fact that women have 3 or more non chest pain symptoms like epigastric symptoms, palpitations, shortness of breath, pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, arm or between shoulder blades.
When these women sought medical help, the non chest pain symptoms distracted physicians in linking the symptoms to heart. Resulting in the delay of medical care for most women.
These multiple non chest pain symptoms are common in young women.
Worst of all, women took longer than men to go to the hospital. Upon questioning as to what made them wait so long, it was found that they only decided to visit the hospital when the pain was too excruciating or the symptom prevailed for too long.
Physicians are advised to listen carefully especially when they doubt cardiac risk.
Women, on the other hand, should clearly describe chest pain or any other symptoms and especially mention any heart attack history in the family. Important of all, to get medical care as soon as possible.