By: Chamalee KP
This article is appeared on "NodutuLokaya" and has been translated.
Many people are unaware that heart attack symptoms in women can be quite different from men. Some symptoms of heart diseases may begin in a women month before a heart attack. Women have a higher risk of dying from a heart disease than men do. In many cases, that’s because they don’t realize they are having a heart disease and take too long to get help.
First Warning Signs of Heart Attack could be Exhaustion and shortness of breath. If you often feel tired or exhausted for no reason, it could be a sign that something is wrong. Fatigue and shortness of breath are more common in women and may begin months before a heart attack.
Shortness of breath has many different causes. For example, heart disease can cause breathlessness if your heart is unable to pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your body. If your brain, muscles or other body organs do not get enough oxygen, a sense of breathlessness may occur.
Breathing difficulty may also be due to problems with the lungs, airways or other health problems.
Problems with the lungs
- Blood clot in the arteries of the lungs (pulmonary embolism)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as chronic bronchitis or emphysema
- Other lung disease
- Pulmonary hypertension
Next symptom would be sweating more than usual especially if you aren’t exercising or being active could be an early warning sign of heart problems. Pumping blood through clogged arteries takes more effort from your heart, so your body will sweat more to try to keep your body temperature down during the extra exertion.
Chest tightness is another sign of a heart attack. People have described this sensation as feeling like an elephant is standing on their chest. The chest pain you will feel with angina because there isn’t enough blood flowing to part of your heart and it’s caused when something blocks the arteries that bring oxygen-rich blood to your heart.
Any time you think you might be having heart attack symptoms or a heart attack, don’t ignore it or feel embarrassed to consult a doctor. Recognizing symptoms of heart problems can save your life.
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