02 Jul '11, 11pm

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

Women, especially those under the age of 55, may miss or ignore heart attack warning signs. In a study presented last month at an American Heart Association’s Scientific forum, researchers interviewed 30 women who’d suffered heart attacks at a young age (average age 48). Most of the women didn’t realize they were having heart attacks, attributing their symptoms instead to indigestion, fatigue, or stress. Why are young women less likely to recognize a heart attack? Here are some of the reasons given by the women in this study: They thought they were too young to have a heart attack. They had atypical symptoms, such as jaw or neck pain, abdominal discomfort, nausea, or fatigue. They were afraid their doctors would dismiss their concerns. In her book From the Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Living Well with Heart Disease , Kathy Kastan tells a very similar story. At the age of 41, ...

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