Thursday, January 26, 2006

Women's heart disease - signs and symptoms

A week from National Wear Red Day, we delve further into the topic of women and heart disease.

The most common symptom of a heart attack in men is chest discomfort or pressure. However, in women, it's often not the most prominent symptom and, if chest pain occurs, it may not be severe enough to drive one to call a physician. Women may experience symptoms unrelated to chest pain, like neck discomfort, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fatigue.

For a full list of prodromal symptoms, common symptoms, and atypical symptoms experienced by women, view this page.

See a very interesting short news story on women's heart symptoms, entitled "Women's heart symptoms." Scroll down to the November 4, 2003 entry.

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