According to experts roughly 2 women die 'needlessly' of a heart attack every day because it’s thought to be a 'man's disease' leaving women with worse treatment! There is a stark differences in how the sexes are looked after due to the mistaken belief that heart attacks are a 'man's disease'. Yes it’s true that men are more likely to have a heart attack, women still suffer from them even more than are diagnosed with breast cancer!
In addition smoking, for example, increases women's heart attack risk up to twice as much as men's; high blood pressure increases women's risk 80 per cent more; and type 2 diabetes increases women's risk 50 per cent more.
Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light headedness.
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.