Women and heart attacks
For women, the signs and symptoms of a heart attack can be very different than those for men. Most women aren't aware of that. According to the American Heart Association, fewer than 8 percent of women view heart disease as being a major threat to a woman's health. Here are the facts every woman should know:
- Many times, women having a heart attack don't have classic signs. They may experience abdominal or mid-back pain, jaw pain, indigestion or extreme fatigue rather than radiating chest pain.
- Most women – more than 50 percent – don't realize that smoking will lower the age at which they might have a heart attack.
- Women with risk factors such as high blood pressure or diabetes are 2.5 to 3 times more likely to die from sudden cardiac arrest.