A total of 50 thousand women died of a heart attack in 2014 in the United States. The American Heart Association recently also issued a statement that many women’s heart patients are poorly handled. According to them, one of them is because heart attacks more often associated with men, obesity, and elderly.
Yet the reality is not like that.
When you imagine someone who has a heart attack, you will most likely imagine someone experiencing an unbearable pain in his chest. However, markers of heart attacks in women may be much more vague than in men.
Although women with heart attacks will still feel pain or pressure in the middle of the chest, surprisingly, women who experience heart attacks will also feel pain in the jaw.
Other specific markers only in women are upper back pain, arms pain, intense fatigue, heartburn, or just “feeling bad.” Laxmi Mehta, MD, clinical director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Program at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, and also the lead author of the statement issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) earlier.
According to the AHA, if the heart does not give a good signal, the pain can spread to the jaw, neck, or back. However, according to Mehta, doctors still do not know why the spread of pain was just happening to women, and not in men.