Heart attacks were, and are a major concern worldwide. We witness a number of deaths each year due to heart diseases and moreover, specially due to heart attacks. They are one of the leading reasons for deaths in the United States among both men and women, and this makes it necessary that we know more about heart attack symptoms. Earlier, a heart attack was thought of a problem only the older and aged people were prone to. Today, we see a number of young men and women falling prey to this health problem. Some of the main causes of heart attacks are, a cardiovascular disease history, high levels of LDL, severe alcohol consumption, smoking and obesity.
What are Heart Attacks?
A heart attack (Myocardial Infarction) is caused when the flow of our blood to any section of the heart muscle is blocked. Sometimes, the flow starts again, naturally. However, if this flow doesn't start gradually, the muscle dies away from lack of oxygen. The most common cause for heart attacks is coronary artery disease, in which plaque develops on the walls inside the arteries. We know that arteries are responsible for supplying oxygen and blood to the heart.
Sometimes, there can be ruptures in the plaque which may form blood clots inside the arteries. If this clot grows in size, it is capable of completely blocking the flow of blood to the heart muscle it serves. Heart attacks can be classified into mild heart attacks and severe heart attacks.
Heart attack symptoms in women under 40 are usually the same as normal symptoms of a heart attack. About one-fourth of all heart attacks are usually silent heart attacks, with no warnings, or other symptoms of the same. Symptoms may vary from indigestion to pain in the chest. This pain in the chest, and at times in the arm, is usually felt on the left side. You can go through these, and make a list of them yourself. If you ever feel or experience any of these symptoms call 911 immediately.
Remember, precautions are better than cure.
- Chest pain as if you're getting stabbed
- Extreme sudden weakness
- Pain in the upper half of the abdominal
- Severe indigestion
- Continuous sweating without any form of exercise
- Dizziness along with feelings of fatigue
- Development of sudden nausea
- Palpitations and fluctuations in heartbeat
- Vomiting regularly without any relevant reason
- Pain in the center of the chest along with a lot of pressure
- Panic attacks
- Pain in arms, back, jaw that moves to outer areas gradually
- Difficulty in breathing efficiently
- A sense of impending doom
- Sudden discomfort in the chest with an uneasy feeling
Heart Attacks in Women
Heart attacks in women are common nowadays, and are a major reason for early deaths today. Women, young and old, have reported of more variety in symptoms of heart attacks than men. The most common signs are, weakness, shortness of breath and excess fatigue. Sometimes, the symptoms are seen minutely for over a month before the actual attack. However, women don't usually feel chest pain as symptom of heart attack compared to the extent of what men do. Also, women who consume birth control pills and smoke, have higher risks of heart attacks than women who only smoke.
This list of symptoms will help you take better precaution, and will let you know when you may have a heart attack. Heart attack signs and symptoms are different for different women, something that you should always remember. Also keep in mind that there can be more symptoms than these, that you may not notice. If you notice pain, in any form, in your chest, visit the doctor immediately. Live healthy and you'll avoid heart attacks to a great extent.