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A recent study suggests that young women have higher death rates than men due to heart attacks because of the fact that they don't undergo chest pains usually associated with disease. According to data analysed form the National Registry of Myocardial Infarction from 1994-2006, women especially younger women are more prone to dying from heart attacks.
This is due to the fact that painless heart attacks are usually treated less aggressively, and have almost twice the short-term mortality compared with patients who have the more typical symptoms of heart attacks (Myocardial Infarction or MI). Of the total number of patients brought to hospitals with heart attacks about 42% were women, compared to 37% men.
Some common symptoms of heart attacks in women are:
The study suggests that medics need to be trained to recognize these symptoms in women because early detection helps decrease the mortality rate. Also your physician might advise an ECG, test for cholesterol, thyroid test, etc. every six month or so just to be on the safe side.
Read more about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.
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