January 21, 2016

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease in Men vs. Women – A Heart Month Series

Chest pain (angina) is the most common symptom in heart disease. It’s a chest pain or discomfort that occurs when your heart muscle isn’t getting a good supply of oxygen-rich blood.

Symptoms in Men:

  • Chest pains can feel like pressure or squeezing in the chest. This feeling may extend to the arms
  • Chest pains tend to worsen with physical activity and go away with rest.

Symptoms in Women:

  • A woman’s chest pains tend to feel more like a sharp, burning chest pain, and often pain in the neck, jaw, throat, abdomen, or back.
  • Women are more likely than men to have chest pains while they are resting or sleeping.
  • Women may experience chest pains during routine daily activities, like shopping or cooking, rather than while exercising. Mental stress also is more likely to trigger angina pain in women than in men.

The severity of angina (chest pains) varies. The pain may get worse or occur more often as the buildup of plaque continues to narrow the coronary (heart) arteries.

For more information on heart care visit: http://www.mission-health.org/heart-care.php

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