How does unstable angina affect men and women differently?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Men become at greater risk of unstable angina at a younger age than women. Unstable angina usually occurs in men over 45 and women over 55. In addition, the pain of unstable angina may be much different in women than it is in men. Women may feel the pain as a burning or sharp pain rather than pressure or tightness. Women may feel dizzy and short of breath, which these symptoms are less common in men. Women may also feel the pain in the back, jaw, or abdomen, while in men the pain may tend to stay near the middle of the chest.

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