Today we will speak about Heart Attack’s in women.
We all know the Common Heart Attack signs and symptoms?
Its okay if not. Here is a list to watch for.
-Pressure, tightness, pain or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back.
-Nausea, indigestion, heart burn or abdominal pain.
-Shortness of breath
-Light headed or sudden dizziness
WOMEN AND HEART ATTACKS
For women, Warning signs of a heart attack are more subtle. Most of the time women mistake signs of a heart attack for those of the flu. Unfortunately women don’t notice the signs or mistake it for other things, they don’t get help until its too late. Sometimes, Health providers dot even recognize the sign’s either.
Recent studies showed that- After interviewing roughly 2,000 women- Age 18-55 (all who have been hospitalized because of a heart attack). About 30% of the women had seen a doctor because of symptoms prior to their hospitalization. About 53% were never even told that the symptoms were even symptoms of a heart attack. Until recently, Women haven’t been extensively studied and were misdiagnosed. Women can have symptoms of a heart attack for weeks before it happens. fortunately, Men usually have the symptoms for a day or less. Most of the time its instant for men.
MORE ABOUT HEART ATTACKS IN WOMEN
Heart disease is one of the top causes of death for women in the US.
Heart disease will affect 1 in 4 women and cause death.
Women and men die from heart attacks at the same rate in the US.
Women who die from heart disease usually had no previous symptoms. Approximately two-thirds.
Women are more likely to get misdiagnosed
Women are also more likely to die in the hospital after being admitted for a heart attack.
This also affects women under 50. Women under 50 are more than likely to die in the hospital setting.
A woman’s heart is usually smaller and some of the interior chambers as well. Women’s hearts might pump faster than a mans but they push about 10% less blood. Women also have risk, factors that men do not have. Like diseases that off affect women- Endometriosis for instance has been found to raise the risk of developing CAD 400% in women under the age of 40.
Now, women are usually older when having their first heart attack usually in the 70’s but women of all ages should always know and understand the symptoms because it affects women just as much.
Heart attacks are harder on a woman than a man. Women usually require a longer hospital stay than a man would. Women also usually more likely to die before leaving the hospital.
-If you smoke, try hard to quit
-Women should, exercise at least a 30 minute walk every day
-Also have a diet high in fruits and veggies, whole grains, fish and simple carbs.
-Make sure to maintain a normal weight, blood pressure and blood lipid & sugar levels.
After all, knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack can help Ourselves to understand whats going on with our bodies.