Women experience symptoms of a heart attack differently than men

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According to the CDC- Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but some women experience heart attacks differently than men.

Most people who are having a heart attack experience chest pain or severe discomfort in the center of their chest, but women are more likely to have associated symptoms when experiencing a heart attack.

Dr. Steven Coulson, an emergency physician at CHI St. Alexius Health in Dickinson, said those associated symptoms are shortness of breath, nausea, clammy skin, and a sense of impending doom.

According to Dr. Coulson another difference is men tend to develop coronary artery disease much earlier(40’s and 50’s) in life than women.

“So they don’t develop significant coronary artery disease until after menopause. . . for woman it develops more into their 60’s and 70’s, ” said Dr. Coulson.

Dr. Coulson said people who are most at risk of having a heart attack are smokers followed by people who have a high cholesterol diet and are physically inactive.

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