When talking about heart attack, the picture that instantly flashes in mind is that of a man clutching his chest, falling to his knees, unable to breathe and dying on the spot. Heart attacks are usually associated with men and health advisories regarding the symptoms and risks of this condition are often addressed to men. And yet what people don't know is that more women die of heart attack each year without being treated simply because the symptoms came unnoticed and unrecognized.
Heart attack symptoms in women vary with those of men. The typical heart attack symptoms in men commonly come in the form of chest pain and shortness of breath. With these signals, diagnosis of heart attack is easier for men than for women. This is the reason why more men survive heart attacks because they immediately recognize the symptoms and thereby able to seek medical health as soon as possible. On the other hand symptoms of heart attack in women often come unnoticed and generally regarded as symptoms of mild illnesses rather than of a heart condition.
The following signs may indicate heart attack for women:
- Feeling of nausea and dizziness
- Pain in the stomach particularly in the upper part
- Sensation of a full or gaseous stomach
- Pain on the shoulder radiating through the back
- Pain and immobility of extremities
- Sudden feeling of exhaustion, fatigue and weakness
- Disturbed sleep
Heart attack symptoms in women are very unpredictable. And often, the symptoms are often mistaken as common or mild illnesses that will go away after some amount of bed rest. There are women who would rather sleep off the symptoms than go out to see a doctor. Sleeping off the symptoms is not advisable at all because there is a danger that the heart attack may progress thus resulting to death during sleep.
Sometimes the symptoms do not instantaneously result to heart attack. A woman may suffer from heartburn for many days or weeks before realizing the sign of heart attack. Disturbed sleep or insomnia or suddenly waking up at night in cold sweat is also a very close symptom of menopause, hence making it hard for the woman to differentiate whether it is a heart condition or menopausal syndrome that she is experiencing. On the other hand headache is always considered as ordinary migraine that can be treated with painkillers and a quick rest or nap while feeling of nausea and dizziness is frequently linked with eyesight problems or ordinary vertigo.
Inasmuch as heart attack symptoms in women are difficult to distinguish, the best way for women to survive an impending heart attack is to consult a doctor immediately if any of the symptoms aforementioned become a nagging indication. Depending on the age of a woman, regular medical consultation should be done in order to monitor health conditions. Women aged 45 and above should already be wary of the possibility of developing heart problems hence seeking medical help when experiencing any kind of physical discomfort will work in their favor.