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Atypical presentation of myocardial infarction

Author(s): Kelly Bouthillet, DNP, APRN, CCNS, ACNP-BC, ACNPC

Quickly recognizing unusual symptoms can save lives.


  • Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in women, but it’s often under-recognized because of atypical symptoms. 
  • Women may experience vague symptoms that are inconsistent with what’s typically expected in cardiac events. 
  • Womenespecially older women, women of color, and women with comorbid conditionsmay not complain of classic signs such as chest pain during an acute cardiac event.  
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