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Study: Heart attacks in women not recognized fast enough

Women suffering a heart attack take about 15

Women suffering a heart attack take about 15 minutes longer than men to get to the emergency room, according to a new study. Photo Credit: iStock

When someone is having a heart attack, every minute is crucial. But women typically don't get to the hospital fast enough.

Women suffering a heart attack take about 15 minutes longer than men to get to the emergency room, according to a new study. Because women tend not to display the "classic" heart attack symptom of intense chest pain, they or their family often delay in calling for help. Women's heart attack symptoms are more vague, often including things such as shortness of breath, nausea and indistinct pain in the back or neck.

The delay is costly: Researchers noted that a woman suffering a heart attack is nearly twice as likely to die in the hospital as a man. The study was presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting in San Diego last month.

For more information on spotting heart attack symptoms in women, go to nwsdy.li/heartwomen.

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