Women Are Left Undiagnosed More Often For This Serious Illness

It’s well known that experiencing chest pain on the left side of the body is a common symptom of a heart attack. It isn’t mentioned as often that women are less likely to experience this symptom and are more likely to experience other symptoms. In fact, women are more likely than men to experience around three non-chest related symptoms. According to a study by Healthline 53% of patients under study had doctors that failed to connect their non-chest related symptoms to a heart problem. This is a larger amount of women in the study, compared to the 36% of men that were also misdiagnosed. Things as common as an upset stomach can be a sign that a woman is having a heart attack. Some more symptoms that could have heart-related causes are nausea, indigestion, heartburn, stomach pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, throat pain, jaw pain, exhaustion, loud snoring, sweating, constant cough, swollen legs, feet, and ankles, and an irregular heartbeat. As the number one cause of death in American women, why is it so hard for doctors to get this diagnosis right? Researchers have found that of the women who experience diverse symptoms, they are more likely to have previously suffered from diabetes, obesity, stroke, mini-stroke, congestive heart failure, chronic lung disease, and chronic kidney disease.
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