For many women, because they’ve never imagined they were susceptible to heart attack, were unprepared for it when it happened.
Every single year, hundreds of thousands of women’s lives end as the result of a heart attack, more than all forms of cancer combined. Most women have mistakenly regarded it as something that mainly affects only men, but this is a dangerous assumption for women. Therefore, you need to know how to identify the typical warning signs.
The most usual warning signs for both women and men are:
Chest discomfort and/or pain – Most victims described an uncomfortable squeezing pressure, or tightness, increasing to the point of pain, in the center of their chests. Most say that it lasts more than a few minutes. About half have said they have experienced chest pain before their heart attacks.
Pain radiating out, most often to the left arm, but some have said they felt the pain also emanate out to the right arm, back, neck and jaw. Some have described a heartburn sensation. Discomfort in all these areas may come and go, and be mild or severe.
The most common signs in women are shortness of breath, feeling weak, and feeling tired. Shortness of breath has occurred with and without chest discomfort. Disruption of sleep due to chest discomfort has frequently been reported by women as much as a month before the actual attack. Furthermore, many women feel light-headed and nauseous moments before their heart attacks.
Get Help Quickly
If you experience any of the signs above, you might wonder to yourself, “is this for real?”, “I am just overreacting?”, “I don’t want to create a big scene.”
Don’t make this fateful mistake!
If you think you are having a heart attack, you must act quickly to prevent permanent disability or death. Wait no more than five minutes to call 911. Ideally, you should be treated by emergency services in less than 1-hour of your first symptom. Your recognition of the warning signs, and immediately calling for help, can save your life.
What is a Heart Attack?
A heart attack happens when one of the two arteries that feed the heart become blocked, preventing vital oxygen and nutrients from nourishing the heart. “Heart attack” means that heart tissue has died due to this blockage. There is no chance for it to repair itself.
What Causes a Heart Attack?
‘Coronary Artery Disease’ (atherosclerosis), often simply called “heart disease”, is the buildup of atherosclerotic plaque within one or both of the coronary arteries. They are the two arteries that sustain the heart. This arterial plaque is the swelling (inflammation) of the arterial walls, and the accumulation of debris that’s made up of cholesterol, fatty acids, calcium, and fibrous tissue.
A heart attack happens when this plaque suddenly ruptures within the inner lining of the artery. Your body then reacts in a natural response to heal, by forming a blood clot, but instead of healing an otherwise open wound, the clot will obstruct the artery, preventing blood flow downstream, thus killing off heart tissue.
Every Risk Factor Counts – Eliminate as Many as you Can
For women, age becomes an even greater risk factor when you are fifty-five or older. While your age cannot be changed, you MUST realize that you have all the power within you to greatly reduce, or even eliminate other risk factors. To protect your heart, it’s vitally important to make the changes that address each risk factor you have.
If the thought seems daunting, then gradually work on one or two risk factors at a time. It’s really an issue of getting used to new habits. It’s well within your control to quit smoking. With a change in diet and exercise, you can control high blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammation, blood sugar levels, and excess weight, even without medications. Simple changes in your diet and activity levels will make a tremendous difference in your heart attack risk and your health overall.
Your commitment to develop habits for a healthy life, not only reduce your likelihood of artery disease and heart attack, but will also greatly reduce your risk of contracting cancer, and many other diseases as well! Start taking action to protect yourself today.
Know the Signs of a Heart Attack in Women and how to greatly reduce your risk of heart attack!
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