Unexplained fatigue. Sweating. Nausea. Jaw pain. If these seem like symptoms of the latest flu bug, plain old indigestion or a common stress bout, think again. Surprisingly, these are all symptoms of a heart attack in women.
According to researchers at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, 43% of women observe unusual fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting during a heart attack. But no chest symptoms!
What’s more, additional research reveals that women often experience other ‘non-classic’ symptoms weeks before the actual cardiac event. To this point, an Oregon study revealed that a whopping 95% of women experience early warning signals weeks or even months leading up to their heart attack.
Still, the Heart & Stroke Foundation underscores the fact that chest pain is still the most common warning sign in both women and men, affecting about 60% of all heart attack victims.
The America Heart Association reports that each woman is different and not all of these signs occur in every heart attack. However, the AHA advises women to pay special attention if any of these signs come on suddenly, or there is an abrupt chance in how you feel.
Dismissing the symptoms of a heart attack can delay critical medical attention. In the United States, an estimated 38,000 women under the age of 50 have heart attacks each year.
7 Top Warning Signs
1. Leg or Arm Tingling – According to health.com, this may be a sign of a pinched nerve or arthritis in your neck, but it could also be a heart attack symptom.
2. Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort – Is it a panic attack or a heart attack? Experts say a panic attack usually comes on suddenly and passes within a few minutes, while women’s heart-attack symptoms tend build slowly and linger longer.
3. Nausea/Vomiting – Pay special attention if you have an upset stomach along with other heart-related symptoms.
4. Jaw Pain – Nerves attached to your jaw lie close to the ones that come from your heart. A constant jaw pain could be a dental issue, however if it comes and goes, it may be heart-related.
5. Extreme Fatigue – If you can’t go about your daily activities without having to stop and rest, it could be an indication that blood isn’t getting to your heart quickly enough.
6. Dizziness and Light-headedness – Like fatigue, this could mean that not enough blood is getting to the heart.
7. Discomfort in the Chest or Back – In women, the chest pressure associated with a heart attack is a little different. It’s often described as tightness, pressure or a squeezing sensation. It doesn’t have to be sudden or severe and it may be mistaken for heartburn.
What To Do If You Suspect A Heart Attack
Don’t delay. Call 9-1-1 and say, “I think I’m having a heart attack!” Do not drive yourself to the hospital. Additionally, chew one full-strength uncoated aspirin while waiting for the ambulance.
It’s important for all women to know the symptoms of heart attack. Equally important is to learn about heart disease and stroke, know your numbers, assess your family heart disease history and live a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
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