Did you know that women often fare far worse than men after they experience a cardiac event? One of the reasons for this is that it is often confusing to make sense of the warning symptoms when they arise. Women are also much less likely than men to seek help right away at the first signs of cardiac problems or symptoms.
However, it is essential to never ignore problems that are present. Some of the most common indications of heart attacks in women that should never be ignored are highlighted here.
Heart attacks can result in severe anxiety. In many cases, heart attack survivors talk about a feeling of impending doom prior to their cardiac event. If you suffer severe anxiety suddenly, it may be an indication of a serious problem and a sign you need to get to the doctor right away.
The key word here is discomfort, not always pain. Experiencing pain in the chest is the traditional symptom of a “Hollywood heart attack,” however not all cases of a heart attack cause chest pain – in fact, approximately 40% of heart attacks in women occur with no chest symptoms. Also, not all chest pain is a symptom of a heart attack.
Pain in Other Parts of the Body
Discomfort or pain can start in the chest and then spread to the abdomen, throat, jaw, neck, upper back, elbows, arms and shoulders. However, keep in mind, approximately 40% of women experience no type of chest pain at all, or the symptoms they experience may come and go. Men often feel pain in their left arm, but women are much more likely to feel this in both or either arm, or in the back between their shoulder blades.
Irregular or Rapid Pulse
In most cases, there is nothing particularly worrisome about an occasional skipped heartbeat; however, an irregular or rapid pulse – especially when paired with shortness of breath, dizziness or weakness – can be a sign of cardiac arrhythmia, heart failure, or heart attack.
Shortness of Breath
If you feel winded while at rest or with minimal exertion, it may be an indication of a cardiac problem. For example, do you feel like you have just run a marathon when you simply shift your position? If so, it is best to schedule a doctor’s appointment right away.
When a person is suffering heart failure it can result in fluids beginning to accumulate in their body. This may result in swelling – usually in the abdomen, legs, ankles, or fee – and sudden weight gain.
Heart attacks are serious; however, many women don’t even realize they are suffering any issues. Taking the time to notice problems and seeking the care of a doctor is essential to prevent more serious issues down the road.
If you are worried about your heart health, or would like to speak with someone who can help ensure you are not suffering a cardiac problem, contact Premier Health and Wellness to schedule an appointment.