Warning symptoms of heart attack in women
Early warning symptoms of heart attack may be a little different in women. Data from a study by McSweeney and colleagues is as follows: In the weeks before heart attack unusual fatigue is noted by more than seventy percent of the women, while almost half of them have sleep disturbances. About forty percent have shortness of breath and indigestion. Chest pain is noted by only a third of them. Symptoms at the heart attack include shortness of breath in about sixty percent, weakness in a similar number, fatigue in over forty percent and chest pain in about fifty seven percent. So chest pain is indeed an important feature in women as well at the time of heart attack, though other symptoms may predominate in some of them .
- McSweeney JC, Cody M, O’Sullivan P, Elberson K, Moser DK, Garvin BJ. Women’s early warning symptoms of acute myocardial infarction.
Circulation 2003; 2619-2623.