Top Ten Signs of Heart Attack in Women

December 9, 2011
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More than 400,000 women in the United States experience heart attacks each year, yet many fail to recognize the symptoms.

While the majority of woman experience classics signs of heart attack such as chest pain and shortness of breath, others do not. Women report non-standard symptoms with much higher frequency than men, and are more likely to die from heart attacks than are men. So how can you recognize indications of a heart attack in yourself or in an important woman in your life?

The 10 Most Common Signs Of Heart Attack In Woman:

  1. Unusual fatigue: Many women ignore crushing and unusual exhaustion, assuming it is an unavoidable by-product of modern life. However, if you are feeling an unusual degree of tiredness, it can also be evidence of a heart attack.
  2. Shortness of breath: This classic symptom of heart attack is experienced by approximately 40% of women who have heart attacks. Sufferers usually feel that they cannot catch their breath, even when relaxing.
  3. Indigestion: If you have indigestion or heartburn after eating a spicy meal, that in itself may not be cause for concern, However, the pain does not go away after you take an antacid, or if it is extreme or accompanied by chills, it can be a sign of a heart attack.
  4. Anxiety: Feelings that disaster is looming may not normally be associated with heart disease, but in fact a large percentage of women who have experienced heart attacks report that they had panic attacks and sensations of fear before the event.
  5. Dizziness: This symptom is common in both men and women experiencing heart attacks, often causing them to feel that they might lose consciousness.
  6. Upper body pain: Women are more likely than men to experience upper body pain during a heart attack. Pain is often in the back, neck, shoulders, abdomen, or arms – specifically in the left arm – and may not be localized, but may feel more like a pressure or tightness throughout the general area.
  7. Vomiting and stomach upset: Unfortunately, because these are also common flu symptoms, women often fail to take them seriously.
  8. Jaw pain: This pain can also spread to the throat. It can be mistaken for toothache, and some heart attack sufferers have even been known to go to the dentist for the pain.
  9. Cold sweats: If you find yourself perspiring while you are cold, it can be a sign of a heart attack.
  10. Chest pain: This may be a common symptom of heart attack, but it doesn’t manifest itself in the same way for everyone. Some may feel an enormous pressure on their chest, while others feel a fullness or squeezing that may come and go.
Specifically, upper body pain, vomiting and stomach upset, jaw pain, and fatigue are more likely to occur in female than in male heart attack victims. Women are also generally less likely than men to contact their doctors in case of heart attack, and as a result are less often able to recover. if If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these tell-tale symptoms, don’t ignore them; be sure to seek medical help immediately!
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Chris Lerch, Owner Home Instead Senior Care Houston

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Chris M. Lerch, Owner

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.

One Response to Top Ten Signs of Heart Attack in Women

  1. avatar Patricia Letourneau says:

    My mother died of a heart attack 8 years ago. She was only 66 years old. I often wonder if someone was there with her when it happened if she would still be alive? I enjoyed this article there were symptoms I wasn’t even aware of. Glad you brought them to my attention in this article.

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