symptoms of heart attack in men and women?

by vivian

Are the symptoms different between men and women for having a heart attack? Also is cardiac disease hereditary?

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Heart attack in men and women
by: Anonymous

No. The symptoms of a heart attack do not differ from men and women. Young women of child bearing age are less likely to develop heart disease. The reason...they have estrogen, a hormone that protects blood vessels from the damage in the arteries. Once women have menopause and estrogen levels drop, then the risk of heart disease in women is the same as men.

What is interesting is that symptoms of a heart attack differs from person to person and disease to disease. For example a person with diabetes man or woman may not feel chest pain at all. Sometimes the only symptom is being SOB and/or jaw pain. Everybody senses pain differently, the general rule of thumb is...any pain from belly button to throat with 2 or more cardiac risk factors go to the doctors and get your heart checked.

Cardiac disease has a hereditary component that is why family history is so important in calculating cardiac risk.

Neil

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