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Signs of heart disease may be more subtle in women than in men

Expert
Prof. Corrine Jurgens, Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, MA, USA
Journal
Circulation
A recently published review paper in the journal Circulation showed that symptoms of heart conditions may be less clear in women than in men [1]. Awareness of subtle symptoms of heart disease is therefore especially important for women, since heart disease is still the cause of death in about 1 out of 3 women. According to Prof. Corrine Jurgens (Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, MA, USA), symptoms of heart disease mostly occur in clusters. Therefore, it is necessary to look for patterns of symptoms. Heart attack Although the risk of a heart attack is two times higher in men than in women, women often experience more symptoms than men. Next to chest pain, or radiating sensations to the jaw arms, and back, women may experience nausea, light-headedness, extreme fatigue, and cold sweats. Stroke Similarly, in strokes, women may experience headaches and a severely altered mental state next to the ...


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