Published: 2/18/2015 by Dr. Andrew Weil
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women. Some common symptoms of a heart attack shared by men and woman include:
- Chest discomfort or pressure sensation
- Arm discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Sweating and clammy skin
- Stomach pain and feelings of indigestion
Unfortunately, women are at a disadvantage when it comes to heart health as they often don't realize that heart disease is as much of a threat to them as it is to men. They are less likely than men to believe they're having a heart attack and therefore are more likely to put off seeking treatment. In addition, doctors tend to treat women less aggressively with surgery, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors or even aspirin after a heart attack.
Don't let your gender influence your response to heart concerns. Whether you are male or female, if you experience these symptoms and feel you might be having a heart attack, don't delay dialing 911 - the most effective window for treatment occurs during the first 60 minutes after symptoms manifest.