A woman may or may not have the classic symptom of a heart attack — a crushing pain that feels like something extremely heavy is sitting on your chest. Sometimes there is no chest pain at all, so women do tend to overlook this. 90 percent of women have one or more heart disease risk factors.
Women should look out for the following signs:
1. Slight Discomfort in the upper body. The most common heart attack symptom for women is pain and pressure in the chest. This is quite similar to indigestion. It can travel from the chest to the upper back, shoulders, neck, jaw or arm.
2. Shortness of breath. A survey of female heart attack survivors found that during their heart attack, or sometimes even in the days or weeks before, quite a large percentage of the women said they felt short of breath, in some instances making it difficult to carry on a conversation
3. Anxiety. Many women experience a sense of fear or anxiety just before a heart attack. An abnormal heart rhythm is often the cause of anxiety when heart disease is a factor according to the National Institutes of Health.
4. Sweating profusely. Women experience hot flashes from menopause which can leave you dripping in sweat. The onset of a Heart Attack can also do this.
5. Dizziness or nausea. Due to decreased blood flow to the brain during a Heart Attack a lot of women often feel like they are about to pass out or vomit. Women should pay extreme attention to these symptoms, especially if they are combined with the shortness of breath, cold sweats, blurred vision and rapid headache.
6. Unusual fatigue. A large percentage of women reported extreme fatigue and flu-like symptoms in the month or months prior to their heart attacks. If you feel like you have zero energy, to the point where it’s difficult to get out of bed and go about your day, get yourself checked out. Extreme fatigue might mean your heart isn’t pumping enough blood.
Know your family heart health history: It might just save your life
A family history of heart discease increases your risk. If your mother or father had early heart disease, including heart attack in men before 55, women before 65, your heart disease risk is two to nine times higher than average.
If there’s a history of either heart attack or stroke in your family — or of diabetes you should consider a heart health screening as early as your twenties.
Think you’re having a heart attack?
If you think you're having a heart attack, never take a chance. If you are feeling very different than you have ever had before you should seriously consider the possibility that it might be a Heart Attack. Take slow, deep breaths, call the emergency services and go directly to A & E. Do not drive yourself there. Go straight to reception and do not wait around.
Your odds of surviving a heart attack improve by 23 percent if you get treatment within three hours, and go up to 50 percent if you are treated within one hour.
The benefits of health screening can be felt by both the employer and the employee alike. Health screening is an effective way of increasing employee morale, and leads to reduced sickness and levels of absenteeism.
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