Men Versus Women: A Game You Can’t Afford to Lose

This battle of the sexes starts with a tie: Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for both genders.

“In the past, women probably received less aggressive care, but that isn’t true anymore,” said CHI Health Cardiologist Ann Narmi, MD.

That doesn’t mean the playing field is completely level. Differences between the genders:

  • Men are more likely to experience a “classic” blockage and complete stop of blood flow
  • Women more often have smaller clots and subtle stop of blood flow
  • Men tend toward the “Hollywood Heart attack” with crushing chest pain
  • Women more frequently experience atypical symptoms like jaw pain or nausea

How everyone can win? “Exercise regularly. Eat a healthy diet. Listen to your body and call 911 right away if you have heart attack symptoms,” Dr. Narmi said.