Heart disease and heart attack are sometimes considered male problems, but as Rosie O’Donnell’s recent heart attack shows, that is a dangerous misconception. While it’s true heart disease kills more American men than it does American women, it’s far and away the #1 cause of death among women.
In an article from NBC’s Today, O’donnell “urged women to learn more about the symptoms of heart attacks, which kill some 200,000 women a year in the United States alone.” Ladies, do you know what you need to know about the signs of heart attack? It could very well save your life.
If you need a refresher course, our own Dr. Maciej Malinski answered that very question in a recent Ask the Cardiologist article:
“Medical students are taught that women have atypical symptoms. This is a bit misleading. The truth is, a majority of women have typical symptoms; they just have atypical ones more frequently than men. In my practice, I see a broad spectrum of unusual symptoms ranging from nausea to “feeling out of space”. I think that atypical symptoms are the unusual response of the body to the stressful situation induced by heart attack (lack of oxygen in the heart muscle).”
Please click here to read the rest of Dr. Malinski’s thoughts. It’s one of the most important things you can learn to keep your body safe.