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The Best Care for Women's Hearts

American Heart Association Meeting Focuses on Heart Disease in Women

Are Women's Heart Attack Symptoms Different Than Men's? continued...

  • Pain, shortness of breath, fatigue. No gender differences
  • Right-side chest discomfort. 4.7 times more likely to be reported by men
  • Throat discomfort. 12 times more likely to be reported by women
  • Discomfort. 2.7 times more likely to be reported by men
  • Dull ache. 3.9 times more likely to be reported by men
  • Pressing on the chest. 7.3 times more likely to be reported by women
  • Vomiting. 3.9 times more likely to be reported by women
  • Indigestion. 3.7 times more likely to be reported by men

Men were also five times more likely than women to recognize their symptoms as being related to their heart.

Men took about three hours, on average, before seeking help. Women waited even longer -- four hours, on average. Of course, that's extremely dangerous. It's vital to get help at the first sign of a heart attack. Don't wait, even if you're not sure what's going on; let doctors figure that out.

For the full story, click here.

Women's Chest Pain Treatments Getting Better

Women waiting longer to call a doctor is only part of the problem. In the past, women who saw a doctor for chest pain got much worse care than men treated for chest pain.

Things seem to be changing -- but women still lag behind, reports Shu-fen Wung, PhD, a nursing professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Wung studied 102 men and 29 women discharged from two hospitals after having heart-related chest pain. Women were prescribed medicines to treat heart disease, such as aspirin and beta-blockers, just as often as men -- and were significantly more likely to get highly effective new cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

But women's heart treatment is still not optimal. Nearly one in five women did not get any prescription at all, Wung found.

For the full story, click here.

Unemployed Women Face Higher Heart Disease Risk

It's a bad idea to wait until you get chest pain -- or worse -- before you cut down on your risk of heart disease. But now women have one less risk factor to worry about: their job.

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