The National Institutes of Health published a press release last December that provided a review of 69 studies that spanned 39 years of research and
THEY CONCLUDED THAT CURRENT RESEARCH DOES NOT INDICATE A NEED TO DIFFERENTIATE HEART ATTACK SYMPTOMS IN WOMEN FROM THOSE IN MEN, AND PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGES SHOULD CONTINUE TO EMPHASIZE CHEST PAIN OR DISCOMFORT, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, AND OTHER COMMON SIGNS OF HEART ATTACK.
The studies did indicate that the difference in symptoms might be more closely related to the fact that women (on average) experience their first heart attack a decade later in life than do men.
Let's base articles that are posted to SparkPeople on research and not hunch. Although this author used a physician as a reference, the tone of the article - that there are specific differences in symptoms based on gender - are not supported by the NIH or solid research. It is catchy to read, but SparkPeople is better than just 'catchy journalism'!
- 11/12/2008 9:19:43 AM