The symptoms of heart attack in women are different from men. This article provides information regarding the same.
A heart attack is the second leading cause of death in women after breast cancer. In the US, more than 50,000 women die every year because of a heart attack. Chest pain is one of the early symptoms that are observed. However, according to recent studies it was found that most women don’t even experience chest pain during a heart attack.
Many symptoms in women are also related to digestive disturbances. Many women experience tightness or a gripping sensation in the heart. It has been observed that the attacks frequently occur between 4:00 A.M to 10:00 A.M. because of the adrenaline surge in the morning. Some of the common symptoms are shortness of breath, fatigue, feeling sweaty for no apparent reason, and weakness. Following are some of the symptoms:
Pain in Jaw and Shoulder: Women may experience pain in jaw and shoulder area at the time of heart attack. In some cases pain in jaw and shoulders might occur along with chest pain. This pain may pass from the chest area, or sometimes, it feels like a constant pressure.
Chest Pain: In women, it is mostly a mild discomfort caused due to a hectic lifestyle, obesity, and irregular eating habits. According to leading heart surgeons most women experience chest pain in the form of pressure on the chest, and a mild discomfort in the back or on the shoulder blades. Indigestion and heart burn are also the potential symptoms.
Fatigue and Sweating: Excessive sweating is also considered as a symptom of this condition in women. Inadequate rest and fatigue is also a prime cause of heart attack.
Gastrointestinal Disorder: In some cases, patients have been observed to suffer from stomach problems along with nausea and vomiting, which eventually leads to a heart attack.
If a woman experiences any of the above given symptoms, then she should seek medical care immediately. Always follow a balanced diet and have a proper workout routine to avoid any potential damage to the heart.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.