The new European study found that women wait longer than men to get heart attack, and researchers insist that women who experience symptoms that may differ somewhat from those seen in men may immediately seek medical attention help,
The study, conducted by researchers at Triemli Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, included a total of 4,360 patients, including 967 women and 3,393 men with acute ST segment seizure myocardial infarction (STEMI) who had been treated in the hospital for 16 years.
The findings published in European Heart Journal: Acute cardiovascular care, a publication of the European Heart Association (ESC), shows that women experiencing heart attack symptoms wait 37 minutes longer than men before contacting medical services.
"Women who have a heart attack seem less likely than men to attribute their symptoms to a condition that requires urgent treatment," said study author Dr. Matthias Meyer, who added that women can wait longer long because of the usual myth in men, and because they experience pain in the chest and left hand, are the most common symptoms.
"Women and men have similar pain during a heart attack, but the place may be different," Dr. Meyer explains. "People with chest pain and left hand are more likely to think it's a heart attack and these are common symptoms for men." Women often have back, shoulder or stomach pains.
Despite the misconception that more men experience heart attacks, they are equally common in women, and ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women.
On average, women tend to be about 8-10 years older than men when they have a heart attack and they tend to experience different symptoms but men and women have the same benefit of rapid treatment.
In heart attacks caused by a severe blockage of the artery that supplies blood to the heart, rapid recovery of blood flow can help save more heart muscle, lead to less dead tissue, less heart failure, low risk of death.
Every minute counts when you have a heart attack Look for moderate to severe discomfort including chest, throat, neck, back, stomach or shoulder pain lasting more than 15 minutes, often accompanied by nausea, cold sweat, weakness , lack of air or fear, "said Dr. Meyer. – AFP-Relaxnews