Heart disease has proven to be the top cause of death among men and women in America. Yet despite the lack of gender bias that this condition seems to observe, women in Providence County may be more likely to die from it than men. This may be due to the fact that, according to information shared by AARP, Inc., if you are a woman, then you may be seven times more likely to have your symptoms misdiagnosed than a man. Some point to the notion that many may still subscribe to that heart disease is a man’s condition. Indeed, much of the early research into diagnosing the signs and symptoms of heart disease and heart attacks was conducted primarily with men.
The trouble is that you may not display the same sort of symptoms when you present for treatment. The telltale sign considered by many in the clinical world to be an indicator of a heart attack is chest pain or tightness. If you do not experience those, however, that does not necessarily mean that you are not in danger of suffering a myocardial episode. In fact, it is believed that many women who are suffering heart attacks may not initially complain of chest pain at all. Instead, some of the indications that you, as a woman, may experience could include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty breathing
- Back and neck pain
In many instances, your doctor may rule out the possibility of a heart attack due to your lack of chest pain, and instead attribute your symptoms to something much less serious such as acid reflux. You should remember, however, that you are in control of your own care. If you suspect your doctor is not taking the time to rule out heart disease, you can request a second opinion.