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Did you know that women have a higher risk of dying from a heart attack than men?
Research shows that women, unlike men, don’t realize that they are having a heart attack, in most cases they interpret heart attack signs such as stress, chest pain or even flu for something else. So by the the time they notice that it really is a heart attack, it’s usually too late.
Chest pain and pressure are the most common symptoms of a heart attack. But there are also so many other ways you can tell that you’re having a heart attack that you ought to look out for. It’s very crucial that you look out for any subtle signs and immediately seek help from the doctors the moment you notice one or more of them in combination with chest pain.
Here’s a list of 7 symptoms of a heart attack that women ignore.
Chest pain is one of the most common symptoms of a heart attack in both men and women. It’s a feeling of pressure, tightness or squeezing in the center of your chest.
Once you feel pressure building up to a fullness or squeezing in your chest. Don’t hesitate to seek medical attention immediately! It might last for a few minutes and come and go.
Body pain is most common in women than men. When you feel gradual or sudden pain in the neck, jaws, arns, back and abdomen that is unexplained, report it there and then to your doctor.
Call 911 immediately if you feel this spreading pain from your chest to rest of the body. If you have no discomfort in your chest, but you find that the upper-body pain is out of the ordinary for you, please get it checked out.
If you feel dizzy or lightheaded all of a sudden and without explanation, you might be having a heart attack. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, dizziness occurs more often in women than men.
The Harvard Medical School reports that nearly 4 out of 10 women experience dizziness caused by blood circulation issues.
Don’t forget to dial 9-1-1 if you even suspect you could be having a heart attack. It’s important to take everything into consideration. Are you feeling clammy, but you’re sweating? Do you have chest pain and is it spreading down your arms? Call 9-1-1 immediately.
If you don’t have the flu and you’re not feeling stressed, but you’re still suddenly feeling nauseous and panicked after a few minutes of deep breathing, call 9-1-1 and report your symptoms.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Sudden onset sweating is another symptom of a heart attack that should not be overlooked.
If you start sweating when you’re in a cool and comfortable room or when you haven’t been exercising at the moment, you should seek medical help immediately.
Your skin feels cold and clammy because your blood isn’t circulating. This occurs in 39% of women’s heart attacks, according to Harvard Medical School.
You might experience labored breathing, or shortness of breath – like you’ve just run a marathon, even when you didn’t make a single move. You might have difficulty taking full breaths and experience coughing or wheezing.
Feeling nausea or vomiting can also result from having pain that extends downward into your abdomen. It might feel like heartburn.
If it can’t be explained by an ulcer, or caused by something you ate, see a doctor right away.
Much like a panic attack, you feel an intense amount of anxiety that can’t be broken with the usual slow breathing/calming techniques.
If you’re not sure whether the symptoms you’re experiencing are related to a heart attack or something less deadly, go to the emergency room immediately.
Women are more likely to delay getting treatment partly because they don’t recognize the signs early like men. Once you notice aby of the above signs, be sure to take action for the sake of your health.
Any kind of delay could lead to greater damage and a reduced chance of recovery.