Video: Women’s heart attack symptoms differ from men’s

Video: Women’s heart attack symptoms differ from men’s


DOCTOR.>>I STARTED NOT FEELING GOOD AND GETTING VERY WEAK AND LIKE I COULD BARELY MAKE IT UP THE STEPS. MINDY: THAT WAS 25 YEARS AGO, BUT ELIZABETH MILLER REMEMBERS IT WELL. SHE SAW A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY, A VERY SMART MOVE. TURNS OUT SHE HAD A BLOCKAGE IN HER HEART, ENDED UP HAVING DOUBLE BYPASS SURGERY. HER CARDIOLOGIST, MERCY MEDICAL CENTER DOCTOR MARK GOLDSTEIN, SAYS WOMEN’S HEART ATTACK SYMPTOMS DIFFER FROM MEN’S.>>THEY MAY PRESENT WITHOUT CHEST PAIN AND THAT COULD DELAY THEIR PRESENTATION TO THE HOSPITAL AND DELAY DIAGNOSIS. OTHER SYMPTOMS COULD BE SHORTNESS OF BREATH, WEAKNESS OR EXTREME FATIGUE. MINDY DR. GOLDSTEIN SAYS : RECONGIZING THE SIGNS AND GETTING TREATMENT QUICKLY MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE.>>IT COULD AFFECT THEIR LONG-TERM OUTLOOK IS FOR HIS HEART FUNCTION. MINDY: HEART DISEASE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR WOMEN AND MEN. RISK FACTORS INCLUDE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DIABETES, BEING OVERWEIGHT, AND FAMILY HISTORY. BUT THE GREATEST RISK FACTOR IS SMOKING. HALF OF ALL WOMEN WHO HAVE A HEART ATTACK SMOKE.>>SMOKING AS LITTLE AS A FEW CIGARETTES TODAY CAN INCREASE RISK. IF WE STOP THE RISK COULD DECLINE, CAN IMPROVE RAPIDLY. MINDY: ELIZABETH MILLER DOESN’T SMOKE, NEVER HAS. SHE ALSO PAYS CLOSE ATTENTION TO HER DIET AND TAKES TIME FOR EXERCISE.