Symptoms of heart attack and disease vary between the sexes

17 June 2013

New health research has revealed a difference in the ways men and women experience heart attacks. Additionally, symptoms of cancer, heart problems, osteoporosis and liver disease could vary greatly between the sexes.

Experts highlighted the initial signs of heart attack as an example. While men typically experience severe chest pain, women typically suffer from nausea and lower abdominal pain when having a heart attack. Scientists say most adults are unaware of these differing symptoms, as most medical research over the past four decades has focused solely on male patients. Therefore, many are familiar with the common symptoms of heart attack in men, but completely oblivious to the fact that the signs are different in women.

Skilled practitioners, however, are able to look past traditional indicators and identify symptoms regardless of gender. Furthermore, quality healthcare providers ensure all patients have access to diagnosis and the treatment they need. For those concerned about heart health, a cardiac MRI scan could help identify problems in their early stages.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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