Could you recognize symptoms of a heart attack if you were having one? If you said yes, picturing a person clutching his or her chest, you’re not completely informed. Some symptoms wouldn’t even indicate a heart attack could be happening, when it is.
Some heart attacks happen suddenly and intensely. But most begin slowly with only mild pain or discomfort. Women often experience symptoms other than chest pains, including:
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Back or jaw pain
- Uncomfortable feeling of fullness in the center of your chest that comes and goes or lasts more than a few minutes.
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t wait to see if they pass. Get treatment right away. Call 9-1-1 and listen to the dispatcher’s instructions before help arrives. Do not ask someone to drive you to the hospital or attempt to drive yourself. Remain calm, taking deep breaths while waiting for paramedics.
To women who are young and physically fit: It’s critical for you to especially pay attention to any of the above-mentioned symptoms. While heart disease chances increase with age or more commonly affect those who live a sedentary lifestyle, heart attacks happen to both the young and old. Leading a heart healthy lifestyle decreases your risks. But pay attention to changes in your health and seek medical help. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Piedmont HealthCare Women’s Center wants all of our patients to be heart healthy. Speak to your doctor during your yearly checkups about heart disease. If your family has a history of heart disease, discuss this with your physician. Knowing the steps you should be taking now.