Dr. Legato shares heart attack signs and symptoms.
The classic sign of a heart attack is thought to be "There’s an elephant on my chest, the pain goes to my neck and down my left arm and there’s no question that something terrible is happening to me." In fact, fully a fifth of all women experiencing a heart attack will have pain in their upper abdomen, accompanied by nausea and severe shortness of breath. Many women feel that they are just having an attack of indigestion.
I had one patient who sent out for meso soup when she was having a heart attack because she thought that would soothe her troubled stomach. So, I think that women should be aware of the fact that number one, their symptoms may be quite different and that the average time that they wait to report their symptoms, either to an emergency room or to their physician, may be four hours longer than men.
About Dr. Legato:
Dr. Marianne J. Legato is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer and specialist in women's health. She is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Founder and Director of the Partnership for Women’s Health at Columbia University. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Legato founded the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University in 1997. It is the first collaboration between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender. Dr. Legato has received many awards for her leadership role in women's health.
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