A heart attack is a very, very frightening event. However, if you learn its signs, then you will know what steps to take to save a life ~ maybe your own.
You may think a heart attack is sudden and intense, where a person clutches their chest and falls over. The truth is that many heart attacks start slowly, as a mild pain or discomfort.
Should you feel such a symptom, you may not be sure what’s wrong. Your symptoms may even come and go, or you may not recognize them as symptoms.
If you’re a woman, you may not believe you’re as vulnerable to a heart attack as men. In that you would be wrong. Women account for nearly half of all heart attack deaths.
Bottom line is that heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men.
The heart attack warning signs every body should know are:
- shortness of breath
- breaking out in a cold sweat
- pain or discomfort ~ center of the chest
- radiating pain ~ upper body, arms, back, neck, jaw, stomach
The most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
There are differences in how women and men respond to a heart attack. Women are less likely than men to believe they’re having a heart attack, and thus more likely to delay seeking emergency treatment. They also tend to be around 10 years older when they have a heart attack.
Additionally, women are more likely to have other conditions, such as:
This makes it even more vital to get fast treatment.
If you feel any of these heart attack symptoms, do not delay. In this instance minutes do matter! Decision needs to made quickly. It is better to call 9-1-1.
Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, you should still have it checked out. Fast action can save a life ~ potentially your own.