have identified several early warning signs that may
presage heart attacks in women.
unexplained fatigue, trouble sleeping and shortness
of breath were the main troubling symptoms that
occurred in women in the month or so preceding a
heart attack, reports a study.
pain, long considered the classic
heart attack symptom, was notably absent
or was described not as
pain but as aching, tightness or pressure.
30 percent of the women actually complained of chest
discomfort. That's the symptom we associate with the
typical patient, but it's the typical male patient.
We need to
the picture a little, and al so include women. Women
have heart attacks, too, but the symptoms may, in
fact, be much different and more.
findings could have significant implications for the
prevention of heart attacks in women, who tend to
experience more sudden cardiac deaths than men. This
study may help explain why that is.a good medical history could
help pick these women out much earlier and really
nip it in the bud.
potential limitations of the study are that there
was no control group of women without heart disease
and the group was also almost all white, limiting
the relevance of the findings to women of other