Research has shown that men and women experience some different symptoms when they’re experiencing a heart attack. In fact, some of the symptoms that women experience are very common, which can lead to inaction when it comes to a life threatening situation.
One of the most troubling facts that health experts face is that most women don’t know what heat attacks symptoms are, or what they can do to prevent it.
The lack of obvious symptoms can lead to more serious complications when a person who is experiencing a heart attack may not be aware of it or know what to do.
On the other hand, sometimes these symptoms can be mistaken for other problems that are completely unrelated to a heart attack. They could even indicate the presence of another type of disorder or condition.
So…what are the common heart attack symptoms in women?
Considering the fact that most women don’t know what the symptoms of a heart attack are, we want to use today’s article to share some valuable information that you need to keep in mind in case you or someone close to you is facing this emergency.
The most common signs of a heart attack in women are:
Nausea and vomitingPrior to experiencing a heart attack, women are twice as likely as men to have symptoms like nausea, vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, or indigestion.
These warning signs are often ignored because they’re commonly associated with less serious problems. But it’s a good idea to keep them in mind, particularly when they’re associated with other symptoms
Sensation of choking
You might suddenly start to feel a severe shortness of breath, which can occur when you’re at rest or during physical activity. You might feel like you’re gasping for air, and are forced to take very deep breaths.
This symptom can occur when the heart isn’t able to pump the blood that your body needs, which accumulates in the lungs and makes breathing more difficult.
Unusual fatigueFrom time to time you might start to feel a lack of energy that can appear immediately and disappear in the next moment, or it may last several days while increasing gradually.
Tiredness without reason is experienced by more than half of women who suffer a heart attack.
Pain in the center of the chest
This is usually a very intense pain that feels like something is crushing your chest. It can last a few minutes, or it may be intermittent. This pain should immediately alarm you because it’s probably something you haven’t experienced before.
Discomfort in the upper neck areaYou can also experienced a sensation of pain or discomfort in the back, neck, or jaw. The pain may spread to the arms or the upper abdomen.
Other symptoms include:
- Extreme anxiety
- Cold sweats
- Feeling like your heart isn’t beating properly
- Change in skin tone or pale and bruised coloring around the lips
In most cases, a woman will begin to experience these symptoms within the day or hours before a heart attack. They may not always occur, or they may gradually increase in intensity leading up to the attack.
What do you do if you’re having a heart attack?
It’s critical to act quickly if you’re having symptoms of a heart attack to avoid serious or irreversible damage. Treatments for heart attacks are much more effective when performed within the first few hours of experiencing the symptoms.
If you are having prolonged chest pain you need to dial 911 or have a friend or family member take you to the emergency room immediately. Avoid going to the hospital by yourself, because your condition could worsen on the way and you could cause even more damage.
Even if your symptoms disappear after a few minutes or only appear intermittently, it’s still important that you talk to your doctor immediately to get a proper diagnosis, as it could be related to a heart condition.
Remember that the faster you respond, the less likely you will suffer tragic consequences.