Hidden Signs of Heart Attack in Women
Did you know that a woman has a greater chance of dying from a heart attack than from all forms of cancer combined? Or that more women die from heart disease than men?(1)
If this is news to you, you’re not alone. Heart disease has a history of being perceived as a “man’s” issue, even by doctors, despite the statistics showing its significant threat to women.(2) This lack of awareness on the part of the public and the medical community places women at even higher risk for heart disease and death because nobody suspects it when it hits!
HEART DISEASE FACTS AND FIGURES
- About 735,000 Americans annually have a heart attack.
- Heart disease is the #1 worldwide cause of death with 17.3 million deaths annually
- In the US, heart disease is the leading cause of death of women
- 43.8 million women are currently living with some form of heart disease
WHAT IS A HEART ATTACK?
A heart attack is a damage to an area of your heart deprived of oxygen. Its most common cause is a blockage by a fatty substance called “plaque” in the coronary arteries, the vessels responsible for carrying nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood back to the heart.
EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK THAT MAY BE EASY TO MISS
1. UNUSUAL FATIGUE
Be on the lookout for fatigue that is new or suddenly severe. A feeling of heaviness in your chest that accompanies fatigue can be an early warning as well.
2. SWEATING AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH.
Take notice if you experience these symptoms while resting or if they continue to get worse after exercise. If these symptoms are experienced along with other symptoms like chest pain, get to the doctor.