Women And Heart Disease Symptoms
Diagnosing heart disease in women can be a challenge. Women often don't realize that their symptoms are caused by a heart problem. Also, the tests to determine if their symptoms are from coronary heart disease are not as reliable as they are for men.
Typical symptoms are:
Men are more likely to describe symptoms similar to these. Women with coronary heart disease can surely have these same symptoms. But they often have what doctors refer to as "atypical" symptoms. They might experience:
These non-specific symptoms have many other possible causes, whereas crushing chest pressure with physical exertion or emotional stress makes doctors think about a heart-related cause immediately.
Even when doctors suspect that a woman's symptoms may be due to coronary heart disease, making a definitive diagnosis can be more challenging compared to a man.
According to the American Heart Association, there are multiple possibilities for the differences in heart care between men and women: