Well, the more you know? Turns out that women under the age of 55 experience wildly different heart attack symptoms than anybody else. Honestly, doctors and health experts all over the world are hailing this as a major medical breakthrough.
Don’t believe me? Then, I’ll let Yale University take over.
WTNH published their latest study that actually raises concern in the health community. Because it means that more woman than previously thought could suffer from heart attacks.
According to researchers, young women experience less obvious signs of having a heart attack. It’s not always “chest pain.”
So, this means that there’s women going about their business not knowing that their “off day” could mean something dangerous.
Come on, when a woman admits she’s not feeling well, she chalks it up to feeling a bit “off.” But then, she pushes on. Sometimes, “feeling off” could be due to shortness of breath, nausea, pain in the shoulders or jaw, or extreme fatigue.
Like, if you tried throwing in these symptoms into a WebMD search, you’d get a litany of unrelated results. Including death.
Then again, WebMD thinks an itchy nose could be fatal.
Anyways, back to being serious. Now, doctors have a reason to tell their female patients not to ignore these warning signs.
About 435,000 women suffer heart attacks every year. The leading cause of death for women in the United States is heart disease. As for a rough estimate, researchers say it affects between 1 in every 3 to 4 America women.
To make the numbers sound even scarier: that means about 1 woman passes away every minute due to heart-related health problems. Meaning, this issue affects both men and women equally.
So, researchers are applauding this new discovery of heart attack symptoms and warning signs. This discovery will save lives.
Susan McMahon, who brushed off a heart attack because she thought it was heartburn, told WTNH:
“I went on for a couple of days just thinking oh it was the garlic from the night before. You just think and I even thought to myself, well if I had a heart attack, I wouldn’t be walking around, so you dismiss it and go on with your busy day.”
She’s lucky to be alive.
Cardiologist Dr. Erica Spatz at Women’s Health Research at Yale, wants to spread this news far and wide. Heart attacks and heart disease aren’t just male health problems and shouldn’t be treated as such anymore.
Dr. Spatz echoed that sentiment to WTNH:
“These different kinds of heart attacks are more common in young women yet often times obscured by the general term heart attack — which means that they end up getting treated very similarly and it’s not clear we’re doing our best for that kind of heart attack.”
Thanks to this new research, researchers believe about 1 in 8 young women will have an atypical heart attack. Early estimates say about 15,000 young women die from heart disease every year.
Now, researchers can focus on the actual symptoms and learn about their characteristics. Like, what makes shortness of breath in pneumonia patients different from heart attack victims?
Or, what’s the difference between jaw pain for someone who grinds their teeth versus someone suffering from a heart issue?
Pretty soon, researchers may find the answer. But, for now, spreading word of this new scientific breakthrough is top priority.
So, if you’re a woman under the age of 55, be mindful that your heart attack symptoms are very different from that typically exhibited by men and older women. Fun to know, am I right?