Women's Heart Attacks Could Have Been Misdiagnosed

February 19, 2005--Posted 1:00 pm CST

Jonesboro, AR--New research shows heart attacks in women can feel much different than a heart attack in a man.  This new research has local heart physicians urging women to see their health care official for more information. 


“Heavy breathing, anxiety, being tired…all of these can be signs of a woman who’s recently had a heart attack.” CardiologyAssociates Dr. Jack McKee says.  “They may not even have any pain related with the heart attack.”  McKee says many of these signs are also associated with menopause and have been wrongly diagnosed in the past.


McKee spoke to K8 News at the 2005 Women’s Heart Disease Conference in Jonesboro.  More than two hundred women were on hand getting checked out to make sure they were healthy.  Staffs were on hand to help in taking blood and checking blood pressure.  There were also detailed heart analysis being taken and reviewed by on site physicians.


McKee says turnout was tremendous but reminds all women that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US.  Adding if a woman has had any recent changes in how they breathe or other signs they need to contact their physician immediately.