Symptoms Can Be Subtle

Aside from the typical symptoms such as chest pains and shortness of breath, <a href="http://www.courant.com/health/la-he-heart-attack-signs-20110207,0,7752850.story">several symptoms</a> are surprising and often mistaken for indigestion or plain old muscle pain.  There are also many differences between signs in men and women.  The <a href="http://www.courant.com/topic/health/diseases-illnesses/u.s.-centers-for-disease-control-prevention-ORGOV000011.topic"><a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV000011" title="U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" href="/topic/health/diseases-illnesses/u.s.-centers-for-disease-control-prevention-ORGOV000011.topic">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a></a> report that women are more prone to suffer flu-like symptoms, indigestion, and pain in the shoulder, jaw or back.  Many women don't experience chest pain or discomfort, which may be why they are more likely than men to ignore heart attack symptoms and not <a href="http://www.courant.com/health/ct-x-womens-heart-health-0216-20110216,0,4074596.story">seek emergency treatment</a>.

( Lawrence K. Ho / June 17, 1998 )

Aside from the typical symptoms such as chest pains and shortness of breath, several symptoms are surprising and often mistaken for indigestion or plain old muscle pain. There are also many differences between signs in men and women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that women are more prone to suffer flu-like symptoms, indigestion, and pain in the shoulder, jaw or back. Many women don't experience chest pain or discomfort, which may be why they are more likely than men to ignore heart attack symptoms and not seek emergency treatment.

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