Of course my main focus is on educating women about heart health and risk factors. It is still the number one killer of women and I'd like to put a dent in that! Throughout the month I'll be sharing useful information.
Here's an interesting article about how women's heart attack symptoms differ from those of men and some of the early warning signs to look for in the days or months before a heart attack. I was able to get diagnosed before I had a heart attack and get the necessary medical intervention because I knew my family history and paid attention to the symptoms. I also knew that being 42 at the time was no guarantee that my symptoms weren't heart-related. NEVER discount the possibility of a heart attack or serious blockage of your arteries just because of your age! The number of women in their 30s and 40s having heart attacks has gone up in the past decade. If a doctor doesn't take your concerns seriously, see another doctor, especially if you have a family history of heart disease or other risk factors.
Among the 515 women studied, 95-percent said they knew their symptoms were new or different a month or more before experiencing their heart attack, or Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI). The symptoms most commonly reported were unusual fatigue (70.6-percent), sleep disturbance (47.8-percent), and shortness of breath (42.1-percent).
Many women never had chest pains
Surprisingly, fewer than 30% reported having chest pain or discomfort prior to their heart attacks, and 43% reported have no chest pain during any phase of the attack. Most doctors, however, continue to consider chest pain as the most important heart attack symptom in both women and men.
Prior to heart attack:
# Unusual fatigue - 70%
# Sleep disturbance - 48%
# Shortness of breath - 42%
# Indigestion - 39%
# Anxiety - 35%
Major symptoms during the heart attack include:
# Shortness of breath - 58%
# Weakness - 55%
# Unusual fatigue - 43%
# Cold sweat - 39%
# Dizziness - 39%