The womens’ magazine “More” says too many American females can’t recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack — despite the fact that it’s the No. 1 killer of U.S. women. The most-common symptoms, which frequently are different from men, include: sudden anxiety, unusual fatigue, and shortness of breath. Signs include: increasingly frequent indigestion and sleep disturbances. In a magazine survey, only 57 percent of women complained of chest pains. The magazine survey concludes that women are extremely good at downplaying the significance of symptoms and talking themselves out of seeking medical help. Also, women often are afraid of wasting money or being embarrassed at going to a hospital emergency room only to find out nothing is wrong. The magazine is marketed for women age 40 and older.
– Jim Killackey, Medical Writer.