A  A  A   Print

Heart Disease in Women: Heart Attack Symptoms and Treatment in Southwest Georgia

Heart disease isn't just for men. It's by far the leading cause of death for American women.
Most women believe that breast cancer is the greatest threat to their health. It isn't, not by a long shot. Heart disease, heart attacks and strokes kill more than twice as many American women as all forms of cancer combined.

It’s important for women who suspect they may be having a heart attack to quickly get to an experienced, dedicated heart and chest pain center like the one at Phoebe.

Heart Attack Symptoms for Women

Women very often have different heart attack symptoms than men.

When a heart attack begins, it's important to note that women often experience a different kind of chest pain. Women are more likely to feel: 

• fatigue 
• dizziness
• nauseous
• shortness of breath

In other words, symptoms of heart attacks for women are often not what most people consider typical for a heart attack. As a result, far too many women lie down on the couch to let the symptoms pass and end up dying before they ever get to the emergency room, where they very likely could have been saved.

Heart Attack Treatment and Diagnosis for Women

Women are more likely to encounter delays in heart attack diagnosis and treatment.

This happens for several reasons:

• Women tend to seek help later than men
• Women's symptoms are not what most people recognize as heart attack
• Women have more "silent" heart attacks, with almost no noticeable symptoms
• For a number of reasons, women are less likely to be quickly diagnosed with heart disease or heart attack

Because they are less likely to be quickly diagnosed, women are also less likely to receive aggressive thrombolitic (clot-busting) or angioplasty therapy.


For more information about Phoebe Heart Center or to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our cardiologists, please call (229) 312-4438.
 

Follow us online:

© 2014 Phoebe Putney Health System  |  417 Third Avenue, Albany, Georgia 31701  |  Telephone 877.312.1167

Phoebe Putney Health System is a network of hospitals, family medicine clinics, rehab facilities, auxiliary services, and medical education training facilities. Founded in 1911,
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (the flagship hospital) is one of Georgia's largest comprehensive regional medical centers. From the beginning, Phoebe's mission and vision
has been to bring the finest medical talent and technology to the citizens of Southwest Georgia, and to serve all citizens of the community regardless of ability to pay.