New research has found that women are more likely to have a heart attack, with chest pain cited as the most common warning sign.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 40 per cent of women arrived at hospital without chest pain, which is 10 per cent more than the number of men.
"Heart attack warning signs aren’t always what you think – symptoms are not necessarily sudden or severe and some people don’t experience chest pain at all," national chief executive officer of Australia's Heart Foundation Dr Lyn Roberts said (February 24).
"Many people think that heart disease only affects older men, but in reality heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women."
Dr Roberts stated that recognising heart attack warning signs was vital, as more than half of heart attack victims fail to attend a hospital.
Cardiovascular disease remains one of Australia's most devastating health issues, and those with private health insurance may be able to access lifestyle management programs such as weight loss to help keep risk factors at bay.
Heart Foundation research indicates that while chest pain is the most common warning sign, awareness of less typical symptoms, such as neck and back pain, among women remains low.