First of all, I think even using the word “pain” to describe a common heart attack symptom may be misleading for many women.
It’s important to remember that some women experience NO chest symptoms at all during a heart attack.(1) And since my own heart attack, I have met countless heart attack survivors who don’t use the word “pain” to describe their chest symptoms. Cardiac researcher Dr. Catherine Kreatsoulas reminds us that words matter when women describe their chest symptoms, and can actually influence how they will be treated in the Emergency Department – or not. Continue reading “What is causing my chest pain?”