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Updated 13 February 2013

Heart risk signs for women

Very few women fear heart disease. To make matters worse, women's symptoms are also often atypical - a situation that can even confuse their doctors.

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Heart-attack symptoms are often atypical in women - a situation that can even confuse their doctors.

While men may have the classic central chest pain, women (and their doctors) often confuse their chest pain with indigestion or heartburn.

Women may also experience:

  • jaw pain;
  • anxiety;
  • shoulder pain;
  • sweating;
  • shortness of breath;
  • dizziness;
  • nausea; and
  • unusual fatigue.

Recognising early heart attacks helps prevent a larger heart attack, where more heart function can be lost and recovery may take longer.

- (The Heart and Stroke Foundation SA)

 
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