Aside from some common health difference, apparently symptoms can be different for men and women. Things like heart attacks and strokes will appear differently between these genders.

Heart attacks is a very serious condition that affects both men and woman, but there some symptoms that are not as prominent in women (which could delay them getting medical treatment). Most people suffering from a heart attack may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, and/or nausea, while men can also experience dizziness, cold sweat, and pain in the arm, back, neck, jaw, or shoulder. Women may also experience pain in those areas, but also a burning sensation in the chest, chest discomfort, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, sweating, and/or stomach pain. Ultimately, it is very unlikely for any two people to experience a heart attack in the same way, but these tend to be the general difference between men and women.

Moving on to stroke. Most strokes, in men and women, can display drooping muscles in the face, the inability to lift one or both arms due to weakness or numbness, slurred speech. Other less common signs include paralysis (weakness or numbness) in limbs on either side of the body, difficulty speaking/understanding, dizziness, loss of vision (sudden blurring or decreased vision), headache, and/or difficulty swallowing.

Now most stroke symptoms are the same, but women have a higher chance of stroke (and heart disease) due to certain risk factors. “Migraine with visual aura such as flashing lights, blind spots, difficulty focusing on things” is a risk factor, especial combined with smoking, taking oral contraceptives, or undergoing hormone replacement therapy. In fact, some oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapies used for menopausal symptoms can increase the chance of blood clots and increase the risk of stroke (but these are very mild and you should consult your doctor if you have concerns). Menopause, smoking, and some birth complications also boost the risk.

These are just a few areas where medical conditions are different in men and women but there are certainly other personal factors that could make your situation vastly different from someone else’s. It’s always a good idea to keep your yearly doctor’s appointments so you know what your risk factors are.

Info: QLD Health: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/news/common-emergency-symptoms-can-differ-in-men-and-women-heartattack-stroke-chestpain

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