Women’s major arteries to the heart can be clear of blockages, but their smaller coronary blood vessels can cease to constrict and dilate properly. In fact, many women have normal angiograms and stress tests and think they are in the clear, but they can actually have undiagnosed ischemic heart disease.
The signs and symptoms of heart disease that women experience are often more subtle than those men experience. In many cases, women are asymptomatic. Even if they do have symptoms, their symptoms usually do not include chest pain, like they do in men.
Women typically do not know they have a problem until they have a heart attack. This is why comprehensive cardiovascular screening is so vital for women. Prevention and early detection can save your life.