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Women display different heart attack symptoms to men leading to misdiagnosis

A 40 year old woman sought medical advice after suffering from extreme tiredness and dizziness when exercising - she was a marathon runner. Doctors failed to recognize her signs of heart disease until 8 months later when she collapsed and required emergency bypass surgery. WomanHeart, a national women's heart health organization believes that they difference in heart disease symptoms between men and women is unrecognized by many professionals and frequently leads to misdiagnosis. Where a heart attack in men causes chest pain, in women it can cause milder symptoms such as indigestion, anxiety and severe fatigue. This means that women are more likely to die from a heart attack than men. Also, women respond differently to treatment than men. For example, women suffer higher rates of complications from angioplasties than men and women are twice as likely to die from having bypass surgery as men. Women also receive less treatment than men in general - women are less likely to be prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs or cardiac rehabilitation than men.

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About: Women display different heart attack symptoms to men leading to misdiagnosis

Date: 1 December 2004

Source: ABC News

Author: John McKenzie


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