In more recent times, scientists have realized that heart attack symptoms can be rather different for women in comparison men.
In 2003, the journal Circulation published the findings of a study on 515 women who experienced a heart attack.
The symptoms most frequently reposted did not include any chest pain.Surprisingly women reported unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, and anxiety.
Almost 80 percent reported experiencing at least one symptom for over a month prior their heart attack.
The following symptoms of heart attack in women include:
- unusual fatigue lasting for several days or sudden severe fatigue
- sleep disturbances
- shortness of breath
- indigestion or gas-like pain
- upper back, shoulder, or throat pain
- jaw pain or pain that spreads up to your jaw
- pressure or pain in the center of your chest, which may spread to your arm
According to survey in 2012 published in the journal Circulation only 65 percent of women mentioned they would call 911 if they thought they were having a heart attack.
If you are uncertain, seek emergency care immediately.
Make a decision on what feels right for your body. If these are unusual symptoms then don’t hesitate to get help.
Heart attack in women over 50
Around the age of 50 women begin to experience significant physical changes, a time when many women start to go through menopause.
During this stage of life, your levels of the hormone oestrogen begin to drop. Oestrogen is believed to help protect the health of your heart.
Your risk of heart attack increases once your hit gone through menopause.
Unfortunately, when women experience a heart attack they are less likely to survive in comparison to men.
Therefore, it becomes significantly more important to stay on top of your heart health after you go through menopause.
Here are additional symptoms of a heart attack that women over the age of 50 may experience which include:
- severe chest pain
- pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
- rapid or irregular heartbeat
Its important to remain aware of these symptoms and to remember to schedule regular health checkups with your doctor.
Silent heart attack symptoms
A silent heart attack is like any other heart attack, except it occurs without the usual symptoms. In other words, you may not even realize you’ve experienced a heart attack.
In fact, researchers from Duke University Medical Centre have estimated that as many as 200,000 Americans experience heart attacks each year without even knowing it. Unfortunately, these events cause heart damage and increase the risk of future attacks.
Silent heart attacks are more common among people with diabetes and in those who’ve had previous heart attacks.
Symptoms which may indicate a silent heart attack include:
- mild discomfort in your chest, arms, or jaw that goes away after resting
- shortness of breath and tiring easily
- sleep disturbances and increased fatigue
- abdominal pain or heartburn
- skin clamminess
After experiencing a silent heart attack, you may experience more fatigue than previous or find that exercise becomes more difficult.
Make sure to get regular physical exams to stay on top of your heart health.
Talk to your doctor about getting tests done if you have cardiac risk factors to check the condition of your heart.
Regular checkups should be scheduled to learning about recognize the symptoms of a heart attack,.
You can help reduce your risk of severe heart damage from a heart attack.
Which may help to increase your life expectancy and well-being.
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