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What are the symptoms of heart attack in woman?

A woman's heart attack has more varied symptoms than a man's. She may have the powerful chest and arm pain and pressure typical in men. But many women experience no chest pain. Instead, they frequently experience nausea not relieved by antacids and even vomiting during a heart attack, which leads emergency room doctors to incorrectly suspect gastric

disorders. Other female heart attack victims describe unusual fatigue or mild, flu-like symptoms that worsen with activity, and this can be misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome or a virus.

Women are more likely to have nausea and pain high in the abdomen. They also may experience a burning in the chest that they dismiss as indigestion. Women also can have atypical angina resulting in extreme fatigue instead of chest pain from physical exertion. Angina is not a heart attack but is an indication for a doctor that more investigation is needed. It’s important that women are aware of these differences because there is one more crucial one. According to the FDA, 25 percent more women then men die within a year of having a heart attack. If you suspect a heart attack in yourself or another person, seek emergency medical help right away.

Heart attack symptoms typical in women including 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); other symptoms (such as a shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness).

As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. A woman’s symptoms of heart attack can be very different from a man’s. The most common trigger of heart attack differs between the genders as well: men most often report physical exertion prior to heart attacks; women most often report emotional stress prior to heart attacks.

Emergency treatments are denied or delayed far more often when the heart attack victim is a woman. In a recent study of emergency room treatment, women waited an average of 23 minutes longer than men for "clot-buster" treatments which can stop a heart attack, lessening the damage to the heart muscle. Women were only a little over half as likely as men to receive "clot-busters" at all. Women waited 6 minutes longer for an electrocardiogram than men did.

Although women are on average ten years older than men when they arrive at the emergency room with symptoms of heart disease, they receive far less prompt treatment and are less likely than men to be admitted to the hospital for evaluation of coronary artery disease. It should be noted that women themselves tend to downplay symptoms or underestimate their severity. In fact, women wait about a half hour longer than men to go to the emergency room when they first suffer heart attack symptoms.

More information on heart attack (myocardial infarction)

What's a heart attack (myocardial infarction)? - A heart attack (myocardial infarction) is the death of heart muscle from the sudden blockage of a coronary artery by a blood clot.
What're the signs and symptoms of a heart attack? - Symptoms of a heart attack include pain and pressure in the chest, which often spread to the shoulder, arm, and neck.
What're the women's heart attack symptoms? - A woman's heart attack has more varied symptoms than a man's. Women are more likely to have nausea and pain high in the abdomen.
What're the warning signs of a heart attack? - Warning signs of a heart attack include uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain in the center of the chest, cold sweat or paleness.
What causes a heart attack? - Heart attack is caused by a lack of blood supply to the heart for an extended time period. The most common cause of heart attack is atherosclerosis.
What're the complications of a heart attack? - Complications of a heart attack include ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, cardiogenic shock, arrhythmias, heart failure.
What're the risk factors for heart attack? - Heart attack risk factors can be devided into two groups: Inherited (or genetic) risk factors and acquired risk factors.
How is a heart attack diagnosed? - The most important factor in diagnosing and treating a heart attack is prompt medical attention. For a complete diagnosis, the medical history is vital.
What're the treatments for heart attack? - The goal of treatment for heart attack is to quickly open the blocked artery and restore blood flow to the heart muscle, a process called reperfusion.
What drugs are used to cure heart attack? - Medications used to treat heart attacks include blood vessel dilators, clot busters, beta blockers, antiarrhythmic drugs, pain relievers.
What surgeries treat heart attacks? - Surgeries to treat heart attacks include coronary angioplasty, coronary artery bypass surgery, transmyocardial revascularization, and atherectomy.
Aspirin and heart attacks - Aspirin is taken daily following a heart attack to reduce the risk of another heart attack. Aspirin reduces heart attacks and improve survival in the patients.
How to survive a heart attack? - In wilderness first aid, a possible heart attack justifies medical evacuation by the fastest available means. Heart attacks are survivable.
How to prevent a heart attack? - Heart attack can be prevented with a healthy liestyle. Daily aspirin therapy or other medical treatment help prevent heart disease and heart attack.
How to recover after a heart attack? - Following discharge from the hospital, patients continue their recovery at home. Lowering cholesterol can reduce the risk for another heart attack.
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