Does heart disease kill more men than women? The answer is NO! Heart disease kills a similar number of men and women, but less than 40% of people know this.
Despite the fact that it is the no.1 killer of women of all ages, there are still many women who are shocked that they could experience a heart attack.
This lack of awareness can make women less conscious of the risk factors for heart disease; less likely to recognize the symptoms and slower to ask for medical assistance when they have a heart attack, which can dramatically reduce their chances of survival.
Ignoring symptoms or attributing them to other problems is extremely dangerous, as it can lead to patients being misdiagnosed or diagnosed late.
Women don’t always get the same classic heart disease symptoms as men. They are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain. Many of them may also experience vague or even “silent” symptoms. Even if they experience some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest, it’s not always severe or even the most prominent symptom.
In addition to this, women often struggle to determine the exact origin of their pain, as it may extend to arms, back and jaw. These symptoms occur more often when women are resting, or even when they are asleep, and, in many cases, they are triggered by stress.
11 Symptoms to be conscious of:
- Chest Discomfort
This is the most common sign of an unhealthy heart. If you experience pain, tightness or pressure in your chest then this could be due to having a blocked artery. It can happen at any moment; when you’re sitting, or when you’re exercising. Although, you must keep in mind that heart attacks can also occur without chest pain. This is a more particular occurrence for women, as mentioned before.
- Nausea, Indigestion, Heartburn or Stomach Pain
These are symptoms in which someone may have during a heart attack. Vomiting can also be an occurrence. Women are far more likely to report these symptoms than men are. It’s very common to experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis, with no relevance to heart disease, despite this, you must be aware that this can also mean you could have a heart disease.
- Pain that Spreads to the Arm
This is very common during a heart attack, it’s also easily identifiable. If the pain radiates down the left side of your body then it is highly likely that you’re experiencing a heart attack. It almost always begins at the chest, however there are occasions for some people where the pain begins in the arm.
- You Feel Dizzy or Lightheaded
This can occur to anyone at any time and it may not necessarily mean you’re experiencing a heart attack. It could be due to in-balance, a moment of faintness or perhaps you may not have had enough to drink or eat. Although, if you suddenly feel unsteady, you have chest discomfort or a shortness of breath then this could mean you’re experiencing a heart attack.
- Throat or Jaw Pain
It’s often not heart related, it’s more likely to be caused by a muscular issue, a cold, or a sinus problem. But if you have pain or pressure in your chest that works it’s way up to your throat and jaw then this could be a sign of a heart attack.
- You get Exhausted Easily
If you notice a remarkable difference in your energy levels, such as feeling tired or exhausted after doing something you had no problem doing in the past. This could be climbing the stairs or simply carrying reasonably heavy weighted items. These significant changes are actually very important and should be noted as soon as possible.
Extreme exhaustion can be a symptom of a heart attack, more particularly for women.
Most people will get annoyed by their partners consistently snoring, however this should be taken with care and caution. In particular, loud snoring that may sound like gasping or choking can be a sign of sleep apnea. That is when you stop breathing for brief moments on several occasions, at night when you are sleeping. This puts extra stress on your heart, meaning it is vulnerable.
Breaking out in a cold sweat for no apparent reason could be a signal to a heart attack. If this happens then you should go to a hospital immediately, do not drive yourself though.
- A cough that won’t Quit
For most people this isn’t usually a sign of heart trouble, however if you experience some or all of the other symptoms listed then this could be a sign of heart disease.
If you have a long-lasting cough that produces a white or pink mucus, it could be a sign of heart failure. This is an occurrence when the heart can’t keep up with the body’s demands, causing blood to leak back into the lungs.
- Your Legs, Feet, and Ankles are Swollen
This is often a sign that your heart doesn’t pump blood as effectively as it should. When the heart can’t pump fast enough, blood backs up in the veins and causes bloating. Heart failure can also lead to bloating due to the kidneys being unable to remove additional water and sodium from the body.
- Irregular Heart Beat
It’s commonplace for your heart to beat at a faster rate when you’re excited about something. But if you feel as though your heart is beating out of time for more than just a few seconds then this could be a worrying sign.
It’s usually caused by an attribute which is easily fixed, such as the consumption of too much caffeine but occasionally it could signal a condition called atrial fibrillation. This needs treatment so it must be recognized at as early a stage as possible.
If you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis then make sure to visit your doctor as soon as possible.
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