Mythbuster: Women have 'atypical' MI signs

Study shows women have typical symptoms - even more so than men

It’s a “medical myth” that women who are having an MI experience atypical symptoms, a study has shown.

woman having MI

In fact, they experience typical signs even more so than men, the study by University of Edinburgh researchers shows. 

Chest pain was the most common symptom for both women and men, experienced by 93% of those who had an MI, and a similar percentage of women (49%) and men (48%) reported pain that radiated to their left arm.

The British Heart Foundation, which funded the study, said the research quashed one of the

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