Many women say their physicians never talk to them about coronary risk and sometimes don’t even recognize the symptoms, mistaking them instead for signs of panic disorder, stress, and even hypochondria.
Gender matters: Heart disease risk in women
In a survey conducted by the American Heart Association, about half of the women interviewed knew that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, yet only 13% said it was their greatest personal health risk.
Top heart attack symptoms in women
One month before a heart attack
During a heart attack
Unusual fatigue (71%)
Shortness of breath (58%)
Sleep disturbance (48%)
Shortness of breath (42%)
Unusual fatigue (43%)
Cold sweat (39%)
Heart racing (27%)
Arms weak/heavy (25%)
Arms weak/heavy (35%)
Dr. Parker’s Commentary
“The heart of animals is the foundation of their life, the sovereign of everything within them, the sun of their microcosm, that upon which all growth depends, from which all power proceeds.”
—Dr. William Harvey,
On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, 1628.
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