Your heart is arguably the most important organ in your body. It pumps
blood throughout your body, delivering oxygen and nutrients to every cell,
ensuring that everything is running smoothly. Marshall Medical Center
has some tips and information to help you keep your heart healthy and
to know the signs when it’s not.
SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK DIFFER BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN
Heart disease is commonly considered “a man’s disease.”
However, it is also the leading cause of death for women in the United
States, causing approximately one in every four deaths.
But heart attacks don’t feel the same for women as they do for men.
The symptoms in women can be quite subtle, according to Lena Avedissian,
MD, a board-certified cardiologist with Marshall Medical Center.
Common and well-known symptoms of coronary artery disease in both men
and women include chest pain, tightness or pressure with exertion. In
women, symptoms can present as a burning sensation that can occur with
rest or mental stress. Other common symptoms in women are weakness, fatigue
or shortness of breath.
Dr. Avedissian notes, “symptoms of acute heart attacks in women
are not dramatic, but can be subtle signs such as abdominal or back pain,
nausea and vomiting.” These symptoms can be mistaken for less lifethreatening
conditions like acid reflux, the flu or normal aging.
It’s important to pay attention to signs that the body gives you
and request medical care.
For an appointment with a Marshall Cardiologist, call 530-626-9488