Did you know a woman’s heart attack can be deadlier as compared to that of a man?
Heart attacks are caused when the blood flow to the heart stops or decreases due to partially or completely blocked arteries, which damages the heart muscles. A new study by the American Heart Association (AHA) has outlined the different causes and symptoms of heart attack in men and women. Heart diseases are a leading cause of death in women. More than 40,000 women died from heart attacks in 2014 according to the CDC’s national Centre for health statistics. The mortality rate is higher in younger women. This might come in as a shock as women often tend to ignore heart problem symptoms.
Although improvements have been made in the cardiovascular sector in the last few years but women are still far more at a risk of having a heart attack as compared to men. According to the AHA study, heart diseases are a leading cause of death among women, more than breast cancer even!
1 How are men and women’s heart attacks different?
Blood clot formation
Heart attacks are usually caused by blocked arteries that lead to no flow of blood to the heart. Blockages can occur both in men and women but the way a blood clot forms in the respective sexes may differ.
The major difference in heart attack symptoms between men and women is that heart attack symptoms in women are atypical i.e. not the usual symptoms of heart attack. While men and women both may experience chest pain, which is the most common symptom, women are more likely to feel uncommon symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and pain in the neck, jaw, upper stomach and arm or the shoulder.