Heart disease symptoms in women | Ohio State Medical Center

Heart disease symptoms in women | Ohio State Medical Center

January 6, 2020 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


The signs and symptoms of heart disease are
very different in women than in men. For female patients the symptoms can sometimes be more
complex. They tend not to have the classic elephant sitting on their chest. Occasionally
we’ll see that, but a lot of times patients will come in, or female patients particularly,
will complain of shortness of breath and fatigue. Those are probably the two that I see the
most. Sometimes they’ll present with dizziness or palpitations that could be a sign of heart
disease. Occasionally we’ll get some very unusual chest pain syndromes. It could be
pain between the shoulder blades; I see that much more in my older popu- female population.
Occasionally it’s sort of a a heartburn type symptom that’s also common in women. And unfortunately,
even today with all the literature that’s out there about how significant heart disease
is in women I think unfortunately a lot of those symptoms get downplayed and patients
don’t get in until they have pretty severe disease or have already had damage to their
heart.