Dr. Hodis describes if women and men present with identical heart disease symptoms.
Heart disease symptoms tend differ between men and women. The typical picture we see in men is the crushing chest pain, the sweating, they get sick to their stomach, have nausea, they may through up, pain radiates down the left arm.
In women, it could be quite different. They may just sweat. They may just have some abdominal pain like stomach ache. They may just have a little hand pain, a little jaw pain, so it is not the classic symptoms or presentation that we see in men. So it could be quite sudden in women and unless a physician is aware of these differences, he or she could miss it and a woman herself could miss it. She might think that the stomach pain is just from bad food, when in fact she could have had, or is having a heart attack.
About Dr. Hodis, M.D.:
Dr. Howard N. Hodis is a professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, University of Southern California, Director of the Atherosclerosis Research Unit and has a Harry Bauer & Dorothy Bauer Rawlins Professorship in Cardiology. Graduating with a medical doctorate from USC School of Medicine, he is now a member of the American Heart Association Council on Arteriosclerosis, American College of Physicians, the American Federation for Clinical Research and Society for Preventive Cardiology. His clinical interests are in atherosclerosis, cardiology-lipid disorders and prevention, ultrasound measurement of atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease.
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