If you never miss Grey's Anatomy, then you might remember that episode last season where Dr. Bailey knows she's having a heart attack but, her symptoms are dismissed because they don't present as traditional heart attack symptoms. Unfortunately, this isn't just Thursday-night fiction. There are actually unexpected signs of heart attacks in women, and these symptoms are different than those experienced by men. What's more, research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that women are more likely to survive a heart attackwhen they're treated by female doctors who are more likely to recognize subtle signs of a heart attack.
With World Heart Day Sept. 29, it's an ideal time to educate yourself about the unique heart-attack symptoms women experience so if it happens to you, you can seek treatment right away. "Chest pain, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, upper body pain, shortness of breath, nausea, or dizziness are the kinds of symptoms you may associate with heart attacks for men and women. For women, none of these may happen," Barbara H. Seeber wrote for Everyday Health.
What's more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women 35 and older in the U.S. with the highest rates being in the lower Midwest and the southern U.S. If you're not sure what symptoms to be aware of, these are some unexpected signs of heart attacks in women. Because, the more you know, the better your chances of surviving, or helping someone else survive, a heart attack.