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Women and heart health: Heart attack signs and symptoms to know about

Sep 25, 2019

Worldwide, heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women with its prevalence increasing over time in both. “The myth that heart disease is a ‘man’s disease’ needs to be debunked,” says Dr Saurabh Bagga, consultant (interventional cardiology), Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh.

“Women have their first presentation of heart disease a decade later than men, commonly after menopause. They are, however, less likely to call emergency service when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack themselves and are much more likely to die from their first heart attack.

Heart disease can take many other forms and can result in heart failure due to weak and damaged or stiff heart muscle, arrhythmia or an abnormal rhythm of the heart and heart valve problems. The most common symptom of heart attack is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. However, it is important to note that it may not always be severe or even the most prominent symptom in women.

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