Heart Attack Symptoms for Women versus Men

Heart Attack Symptoms for Women versus Men


Hi. I’m Dr. Adrian Preston and I’m a cardiologist at Cardiovascular Specialists of Central Maryland. I specialize in non-invasive cardiology, women’s
heart health, and nuclear cardiology. There are differences sometimes in symptoms of heart
attacks or angina for women than men and unfortunately, we do miss a lot of symptoms in women because
of it. The textbook symptom of the classic…the classic symptom of crushing chest pain that
radiates down your left arm or your jaw with exercise, for men it’s there, and for women
it may not be so apparent. Symptoms that I have seen in women include just shortness
of breath with exertion or even doing minimal things, jaw pain or neck pain, and a lot of
women complain of acid reflux symptoms that sound like textbook acid reflux, and it turns
out to be coronary artery disease. And also, fatigue…just a generalized fatigue that
you can’t explain and it’s new onset and its never happened to you before, but all it is
is the fatigue and the lassitude…that could be a symptom as well, and unfortunately a
lot of patients, especially diabetics, have no symptoms, and that goes for both men and women.