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Female? Your heart attack indicators are entirely different to what you've been told!

by , 26 March 2013

We've long known that men and women have many differences. Most are obvious, but some aren't. Now, new research shows that men and women get sick differently. Even more shocking? Most of the well-known ‘warning signs' of many diseases like heart attacks only apply to men! Here's what women need to watch for instead.

Ever wondered why there’s so much literature on male diseases and not as much on women?
 
One reason is that medical studies 'focus on male patients', says Irish Health.
 
That’s why it’s only recently been discovered that men and women get sick in different ways.
 
For example, pain in the chest and left arm is a well-known warning of a heart attack.
 
But that’s just in men.
 
Female? THESE are the heart attack indicators to look out for…
 
In women, a pending heart attack is more likely to be signalled by lower abdominal pain and nausea, says Health24.
 
A heart attack in women could also be preceded by a pain in your neck on-and-off for the past few days, says FSPHealth
 
See? Not at all the typically heart attack indicators mainstream media warns you about!
 
Insist your doctor listens to your fears – and that he’s looking in the right place!
 
And sadly, despite the fact that heart attacks tend to be more severe in women, “those who complain of these non-specific symptoms often do not receive the necessary examination procedures, such as an ECG”, says Irish Health.
 
Women are also less likely to be diagnosed with bowel cancer as they tend to develop the disease later than men and in a different location to men – so doctors often miss it.
 
One way to avoid this is to insist on a female doctor, who will know what symptoms to look for. 
 
Be more insistent if our doctors brushes aside your fears –  it’s your life on the line and he could just be looking in the wrong place!
 

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