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Women less likely to recognise fatal heart attack symptoms

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Women are less likely than men to recognise ‘classic symptoms’ of a heart attack and dial 999, a leading charity has warned.

A British Heart Foundation survey found 33% of women polled would not dial the emergency services unless experiencing severe chest pain, a symptom more commonly found in men.

The British Heart Foundation has warned that “milder” signs such as dull pain, a heavy feeling in the chest, or feeling dizzy and light-headed, were more likely to occur among women, urging them to be aware of such tell-tale signs.

The research showed that women waited, on average, 24 minutes longer than men before calling 999 - a delay that would seriously cut their chances of survival.

Among the reasons for doing so, 35% of those polled said they would not dial emergency services for fear their condition may not be serious.

Around 90,000 people in the UK are killed by heart attacks ever year. Of this number, one in three die while on their way to hospital, often after waiting too long to seek medical help.

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