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LGLWSM Newsletter 074 - Signs of a Heart Attack in Women
November 01, 2013
We’ve all heard about the primary signs of a heart attack. Pain in the chest, shortness of breath, tingling or numbness in the left arm, and irregular heartbeats. But those early warning signs are mostly attributed to men.
Women on the other hand, may experience very few early warning signs. Instead, they may feel overly tired or just not feel right. That’s why heart attacks are a deadly and silent killer most often for women. They don’t understand what’s going on, so they don’t seek medical treatment.
Recently I read about a teacher who happened to be from my home town in Durham, NC. She showed no signs of having a heart attack and just kept working, even though she knew that something was off. She experienced shortness of breath (who hasn’t felt that, right) and was extremely tired and sleepy all the time. She fought her symptoms because she’s a woman and supposed to be strong! She had also never had heart problems before so there was no reason for her to suspect it was a heart attack.
An EKG was performed on her when she finally got checked out by her doctor. The test showed that she had suffered a silent heart attack, at some undertermined point, perhaps months earlier.
That’s pretty scary stuff when you think about it. And although I have known very few women who actually died from a heart attack, it’s good to review those symptoms so you get the help you need quickly, before more damage is done to your heart.
Additionally, most everyone has at least one woman in their life that they treasure. If you’re a guy reading this, make sure the women you love understand what symptoms to look for!
The good news is that although heart attacks are serious, if its caught early enough, there are many medications that can prevent a secondary cardiovascular event. If the damage is worse, surgery may be required.
Risk factors include being overwieght, growing older, not exercising frequently, eating junk foods regularly, a history of smoking, excessive alcohol intake, diabetes, and/or a sedentary lifestyle.
Silent symptoms can be killers. Make sure you get checked out by your doctor if you suspect you’re having heart problems. It might also be a good time to review what foods are good for your heart!
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