WELLNESS & FITNESS

Women Should Never Ignore These 7 Early Warning Signs Of Heart Attacks

Date March 12, 2018

Heart attacks are one of the leading causes of death among both men and women. The fact that they often appear to occur out of nowhere, seemingly without warning, makes them deadlier.

We need to keep in mind that the signs of a heart attack may look different in women than in men. Here are the seven most common red flags you should not ignore.

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1. Chest pain

Chest pain should never be ignored. In women, the pain can be felt anywhere in the chest, not just the left side. It can feel like a vise being tightened.

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2. Pain in the arms, neck or jaw

More women experience this symptom than men. This can be confusing especially when you're under the impression that the pain should be focused on just the chest and left arm. The pain could be either gradual or sudden. It can also get very intense.

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3. Pain in the stomach

A lot of women mistake this pain for heartburn or stomach ulcer. Some women who have had a heart attack also report the feeling of an elephant sitting on your stomach.

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4. Dizziness, shortness of breath

If you suddenly find yourself struggling to breathe, this could mean you're having a heart attack. This symptom often accompanies one or more of the ones mentioned above.

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5. Breaking out in a cold sweat

Sweating is another sign common among women suffering a heart attack. You may feel that it is stress-related and it is different from the way you sweat when you exercise, for instance.

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6. Fatigue

Some women having a heart attack often experience feelings of extreme tiredness despite the fact that they have been sitting for a while and have not moved very much. They may even suddenly find it difficult to walk to the bathroom.

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7. Back pain

During a heart attack, some people may experience pain in the upper back. You may feel it between your shoulder blades.

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8. Change in blood pressure

This is also often a sign of a woman experiencing a heart attack.

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9. Change in heart rate

When the heart rate increases (arrhythmia) without any obvious cause, it may be time for you to call for help.

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10. Swelling of lower extremities, labored breathing (dyspnea) and cough

This is often manifested in people who have a long history of heart problems. If this is a first time, it may not show up as an early sign unless in rare and extreme cases.

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If you experience any or all of the symptoms mentioned above, or you suddenly feel unwell, the safest thing to do is to call your doctor.

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Source: Medicinenet, WebMD


This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.