29 Nov '11, 12am

7 Heart Attack Signs Women (and Doctors) Often Miss

7 Heart Attack Signs Women (and Doctors) Often Miss

By Melanie Haiken, Caring.com senior editor Conventional wisdom has it that heart attacks come out of the blue. We’re also trained to expect a heart attack to happen a certain way; the victim clutches his chest, writhes in pain, and collapses. But for women, it often doesn’t happen that way. Study after study shows heart attacks and heart disease are under-diagnosed in women, with the explanation being that they didn’t have symptoms. But research shows that’s not the case. Women who’ve had heart attacks realize, looking back, that they experienced significant symptoms–they just didn’t recognize them as such. In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association , 95 percent of women (that’s almost all!) who’d had heart attacks reported experiencing symptoms that were decidedly new or different from th...

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