New report finds heart attacks differ between men & women

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Heart attacks in women and men can differ greatly, according to a new, first ever statement by the American Heart Association.

The statement highlights key differences between men and women when it comes to heart attack causes and signs. Women are more likely to have a-typical symptoms.

“Some studies say up to 42% of women will not have chest pain when they have a heart attack,” says Dr. Courtney Saunders, an Advance Heart Failure Cardiologist at Vidant. “Maybe referred pain to their jaw, their neck; it may be that they have worsened shortness of breath. They get sweaty periods and nausea, and they may have more of a chronicity to it; it’s been on longer.”

Dr. Saunders says she sees patients at Vidant who experience this, which can make it more difficult to diagnose.

The report also found complication rates are higher for women after treatment, and causes of heart attack also differ from men.

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