Young women ignore heart attack symptoms

Young women ignore heart attack symptoms
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Driven by concerns of initiating a false alarm, young women tend to ignore or dismiss the earliest symptoms of an impending heart attack, such as pain, dizziness and delay in seeking emergency medical care. Young women with multiple risk factors and a strong family history of cardiac disease should not assume they are too young to have a heart attack.

New York: Driven by concerns of initiating a false alarm, young women tend to ignore or dismiss the earliest symptoms of an impending heart attack, such as pain, dizziness and delay in seeking emergency medical care. Young women with multiple risk factors and a strong family history of cardiac disease should not assume they are too young to have a heart attack. Identifying strategies to empower women to recognise symptoms and seek prompt care without stigma or perceived judgment may be particularly critical for young women at an increased risk for heart disease.

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