What’s the difference between heart attack symptoms in men and women? – John Randolph Medical Center

What’s the difference between heart attack symptoms in men and women? – John Randolph Medical Center

August 15, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


So there are real
differences in men and women with heart attacks. It used to be
considered very rare for women to have heart attacks. And we’ve recognized over the
years that it is not the case. What sometimes is
more relevant is that the symptoms may not be
recognized as early in women. And the reason is
because women oftentimes have atypical symptoms. They may not have the classic
elephant on the chest. They may not have
the classic pressure or exertional symptoms. And a lot of times,
unfortunately, it may be assumed
that maybe there’s some anxiety-related factors. That may be the case. But as we’ve found, one needs
to be very careful in women and look for the atypical
symptoms, unusual symptoms, and really treat them as men. Do the other alternative
testing– the EKGs, the blood enzymes, if
necessary, to be certain.