Heart Disease: Subtle Signs Women May Miss

By Koren Wetmore |

You might dismiss the warning signs: The strange chest pressure when you race to meet a deadline. The unusual difficulty breathing during your morning run. Bouts of nausea and fatigue. You blame it on stress, a hectic schedule, or even the latest flu virus.

It couldn’t possibly be your heart. Or could it?

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Yet women often miss the more subtle signs of heart attack.

“People don’t always realize that there are gender differences in heart disease presentation,” says CentraState inernal medicine physician Aileen Estavillo, MD. “Any symptom above the waist that’s unusual for a woman could be a sign of heart disease…

Published in CentraState Healthy Directions