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Heart Attack Symptoms: How They Differ for Men and Women


2. Anxiety

This symptom is one of those hard-to-recognize signs that often goes unnoticed or is dusted off as something other than a heart attack. Anxiety is a heart attack symptom that is more commonly seen in women, and it’s not clear why. What is known is that many women make the mistake of dismissing a potential heart attack as an anxiety attack or just everyday stress. The results of this decision can be deadly.

New research has shown that women under the age of 55-years are actually seven times more likely than men to be misdiagnosed in mid-heart attack. This means that women are often sent home by doctors who mistake the signs of a heart attack for an anxiety attack. If you’re a woman in your fifties or sixties and have a family history of heart disease, you should take anything that resembles a heart or anxiety attack very seriously. Insist that your doctor carry out proper testing of your condition before being sent home.

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