Early heart attack symptoms in women

It is so sad to say but heart attack is the number 1 leading cause of death in women in the US. Women live such busy lives having so many responsibilities and people to take care of that they neglect to care for themselves.

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Studies have shown that most women would feel the symptoms as early as a month before they go to the doctor to be checked. Often, the heart disease is caught and treated and managed but sadly, it occurs too often, because of ignoring the early heart attack symptoms in women – they die from this.

Early heart attack symptoms in women are different from those of men. Less than 30% reported any chest pains or discomfort at all and 43% say there is not chest pain at all. It is recognized that chest pains is the number 1 sign of a heart attack in both men and women.

Women would often have the indigestion feeling and exhaustion. Thinking that these are but normal symptoms, something they deal with from time to time, they tend to ignore this not realizing they are early heart attack symptoms in women. The tingling of the arm or weakness of the arms daily are also early heart attack symptoms. But being that women often ignore and fight through the pain, once again, these symptoms are pushed aside.

As just like a woman’s personality, or as said by men, the early heart attack symptoms in women are not as predictable as those of men’s. However, these early symptoms in women should raise a flag: shortness of breath or SOB even when at rest, feeling fatigued and exhaustion and weakness. Dizziness or light headedness and cold sweats, indigestion or nausea and vomiting or that heartburn feeling, disturbance in sleep or the sudden on-set of insomnia even sudden anxiety could be early heart attack symptoms in women.

Pain on the left side of the body including the jaw, toothache, neck or overall body pain, are early symptoms too. Upper body pain that would radiate or spread to the rest of the body as in the chest, shoulders, back are early heart attack symptoms in women.

The symptoms may not all manifest at the same time which is why it’s easy to ignore these symptoms. You know your body and you know that when you are troubled with these symptoms, normally, you know the duration of the symptom. If the symptoms don’t go away or seem to get worse, call your doctor or go to the nearest ER. Because chest pain is not always a symptom, pay close attention to the rest of the symptoms.

As with anything else, going to the doctor for routine check-ups are always a plus. Diagnosing a heart attack early on could only save you. Live a healthier lifestyle and form better habits that could only help and care for your body. Exercising, diets low in cholesterol and animal fats, adding more fresh fruits and vegetables, not smoking, no drug abuse and alcohol abuse only benefits you more. Go for walks at least 3 to 4 times a week for about 30 minutes. Be aware of any changes you feel in your body.

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