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Why do women with a heart attack but no chest pain die so often?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Number of reasons

Mortality from heart attacks is related to age.
Women develop heart disease, on average, 10 years later than men. Women are more likely to present with atypical symptoms that are not recognized either by the patient or the physician. This can result in a delayed diagnosis or missed diagnosis.

In brief: Number of reasons

Mortality from heart attacks is related to age.
Women develop heart disease, on average, 10 years later than men. Women are more likely to present with atypical symptoms that are not recognized either by the patient or the physician. This can result in a delayed diagnosis or missed diagnosis.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Dr. Francis Uricchio
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Dr. John Washburn
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Atypical symptoms

Likely because symptoms aren't typical and aren't recognized early enough by patient or medical provider for effective intervention.

In brief: Atypical symptoms

Likely because symptoms aren't typical and aren't recognized early enough by patient or medical provider for effective intervention.
Dr. John Washburn
Dr. John Washburn
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Do they?

Your question implies that their condition goes unrecognized and, perhaps, there is some truth to that.
Women's presentation is sometimes atypical and harder to spot. Also women's mortality from heart attack is statistically a little higher than men, but the reasons are complex and there isn't space here to fully review them.

In brief: Do they?

Your question implies that their condition goes unrecognized and, perhaps, there is some truth to that.
Women's presentation is sometimes atypical and harder to spot. Also women's mortality from heart attack is statistically a little higher than men, but the reasons are complex and there isn't space here to fully review them.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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