When it comes to recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack, women may have some difficulty. So what should they know?
The classic signs
The classic signs of a heart attack as they usually appear in men include:
- Pain that crushes the chest.
- Pain that radiates in the neck, shoulders and jaw.
- Shortness of breath and sensation of empty head.
- Nausea and vomiting.
Admittedly, these symptoms of heart attack can occur in women. However, a heart problem in them usually appears more gradually, and with symptoms that can be related to other things.
Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
Ladies, we have to acknowledge that there are times when we leave telltale signs simply because we’re busy or because we think it’s just a time of stress. Of course, that may be the case, but maybe your heart is trying to tell you something?
Some of the “sneaky” signs of a female heart attack include:
- Extreme fatigue and pallor.
- Unexplained anxiety.
- Abdominal pain.
- Back ache.
- Heart raging.
- Cold sweat.
And these are just a few of the symptoms that women may face. All are frighteningly familiar.
The heart suddenly stops beating, blood no longer reaches the brain or other vital organs and the person collapses. If symptoms of a heart attack is sudden and violent, they would be detectable within hours and sometimes even days before. This is what the researchers at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute (USA) reveal. To reach this conclusion, they studied the cases of 1100 volunteers suffering from a heart attack between 2002 and 2012 and aged between 35 and 65 years.
Chest Pain and Breathing
After study, researchers noticed that at least one symptom was already felt in the month before the heart attack. The study also reported that in most men a severe chest pain occurs most often 24 hours before and in women the breathing stops. Palpitations and feelings of discomfort are also among the less widespread but not alarming signs. For researchers the problem is that patients take too long to consider these signs as disturbing and recall that “the more one warns of the early emergencies more have to chance of survival”.
Are you a person at risk?
Recognize the signs of a heart attack to avoid surgery, disability or even death.
Too many women encounter multiple symptoms that they interpret as something else. If you are among those women who may feel these warning signs, then it is time to take your health to heart.
You run a risk of cardiovascular disease if any of the points below is true for you.
- You are overweight.
- You have diabetes.
- You have high triglycerides and/or high cholesterol.
- You have a family history of heart disease.
- You suffer from high blood pressure.
- You smoke.And it is time then for you to take exams.