Most people are not aware of the fact that heart attack symptoms in women often differ from those in men. For this reason it’s crucial that women learn the specific signs they should look for to make sure they seek medical attention in a prompt manner.
Here is a list of typical heart attack symptoms in women:
A loss of breath that is not necessarily accompanied by chest pain
Unusual fatigue, weakness or body aching
Headaches, nausea, cold sweats and other flu-like symptoms
Pain in the upper body, particularly in the shoulders, chest, neck and back
Increased anxiety or general feeling of uneasiness
It’s interesting to note that although many of the heart attack symptoms in men are similar, men tend to experience severe chest pain and pulsing through the arms when they are having a heart attack. Women’s symptoms are quite often less severe, and as such are often misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, flu, or some other less serious illness.
Additionally, a majority of studies related to the heart and heart attacks have been performed on men, so doctors are less familiar with the heart attack symptoms that women experience. Because of this, treatment is oftentimes delayed, and as a result there can be increased damage that could have been avoided with proper diagnosis.
If you experience any of the heart attack symptoms above, make sure you seek medical attention right away. And when you arrive at the doctor’s office or hospital, insist that they test you for a heart attack. Don’t settle for a quick diagnosis of fatigue or flu without ruling out the more serious health condition.
This article is exclusively written by Healthy Heart Guide for Bizymoms.com
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