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Heart attacks in women too often missed

People in New York may well have preconceived ideas about what happens to a person when they experience a heart attack. These ideas may be accurate in some situations but research is finding they are often wrong when it comes to heart attacks in women. It seems that women have a greater likelihood of experiencing non-traditional symptoms when they have heart attacks. Even worse, it seems that many doctors miss these signs and inaccurately diagnose women's heart attacks as something less serious.

Healthline reported on one study in which women and men without chest pain but with at least three other potential heart attack symptoms were evaluated. Among the men, physicians said the symptoms were not heart-related in about 36 percent of the cases. For women, this number was 53 percent.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health indicates that women are much more likely to experience what is called a silent heart attack. This is an event that is not associated with the sudden chest pain many people think of as a telltale sign of a heart attack. These events are also possible in women under the age of 65.

Signs of a silent heart attack may include extreme tiredness; shortness of breath; pain in the neck, back, throat or jaw; heartburn; cold sweats and feeling lightheaded. A young woman having a silent heart attack is more likely to die than a man having a silent heart attack. Acid reflux is just one of the conditions many physicians misdiagnose women's heart attacks as.

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