We are used to thinking about the telltale signs of heart attacks based upon many years of research and clinical observation of what men have experienced -- chest discomfort, arm and back pain, and shortness of breath top the list. But more recently, doctors and their patients are recognizing that women may experience heart attacks differently.
Women may certainly experience chest pain, but they should also be on the lookout for less obvious symptoms, like nausea, indigestion, and palpitations in addition to shortness of breath and back pain. In fact, nearly half of the women in one study had no chest pain at all during their heart attack. Fatigue and shortness of breath were the most common symptoms.
Whereas chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue are the most typical symptoms for men, these heart attack warning signs for women should be considered carefully.
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