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Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women

Warning Signs

Because many women don't even know that they may have heart disease until symptoms appear, it's important to know the warning signs and when it's time to see your doctor. If you're knowledgeable about the danger signals of heart disease, you can work with your physician early to treat them.

In a Gallup survey, 88 percent of primary care physicians were not aware that women's heart-attack symptoms might differ greatly from men's symptoms. In addition, ER physicians miss the signs of a heart attack much more often in women under 55 than in men under 55, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Pain spreading to the jaw, neck, shoulders or arm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Indigestion or gas- like pain
  • Dizziness
  • Unexplained weakness or fatigue
  • Discomfort or pain between the shoulder blades
  • Sense of impending doom

Call 911 if you or someone you know experience any of these symptoms.

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