Area Cardiologist Warns of Atypical Heart Disease Symptoms

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local cardiologist says Rosie O’Donnell’s brush with a heart attack serves as a good reminder to women about their chance of developing heart disease.

Barnes Jewish cardiac surgeon Dr. Jennifer Lawton says heart attack symptoms for women are atypical of the chest pain symptoms experienced by men.

“They may just have abdominal pain or epigastric pain, which a lot of people attribute to reflux, or just maybe something they ate, or they may have nauseau, or just even fatigue that is getting worst over time and they tend to attribute it to other things,” Lawton said.

Heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States. It is estimated almost one-in-two women will eventually die of heart disease or stroke.


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