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Women’s heart symptoms not so different after all

June 1, 2022

New medical advice reflects evolving knowledge about cardiovascular disease in women.

illustration with four squares showing pain in different areas of the body: chest, abdomen, back, side

For years, women have been warned to stay alert to "atypical" symptoms of heart attack that are different from what men experience.

But new guidelines co-authored by a Harvard cardiologist flip that advice on its head. It turns out that chest pain — the trademark symptom of heart attack — isn’t as different between women and men as doctors believed and is indeed the most common sign of heart attack in both sexes.

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