When people have heart attacks in movies or basically heart danger, it’s always really dramatic. But life isn’t always like that. A heart attack is something we all see as pretty serious, and Coronary Heart Disease can affect more women than it can men. Yet women are often reluctant to visit the doctor for their symptoms if they suspect anything is wrong, and many heart attack symptoms can be more subtle.
Silent heart attacks or silent ischemia need to be watched out for, and people might not actually realise they’re having heart attacks. So watch out for these signs and symptoms that might indicate that your heart is in some danger.
Nausea & Sweating
If you’ve woken up in the middle of the night feeling like you really need to throw up, cold, and sweating all over, you might feel you’ve either had a very bad nightmare or you’ve come down with a bad case of the flu, or even that you’ve eaten something funny and have a bit of indigestion. However, it could also be a symptom of heart danger or an actual silent heart attack. This is one of those signs that could occur right before an actual heart attack, so be sure to be careful if you suspect that it’s not just the flu. Call your doctor immediately so you can be sure.
Yes, this one is rather obvious when it comes to a heart attack. In fact, women exhibit other symptoms when having a heart attack more than they report chest pain. But when they do report chest pain, it is a tight squeezing or pressure in the chest or back area, rather than a stabbing pain (which men report). In this case, it can often be easy for women to dismiss this as a symptom of something else.
Women have busy lives and it’s normal to feel tired every now and again, but if you suddenly feel a lot more exhausted than you usually do, doing very minimal things make you feel tired out, and you’re not sleeping properly, there’s probably something else afoot, and your heart could be in danger. This is a very common long-term symptom for women prior to reporting a heart attack. So if you find yourself dead on your feet fairly regularly, it’s time to book an appointment asap.
Shortness of breath is a bit common post-menopause, and it’s nothing out of the ordinary every now and again. But if it happens without any exercise or movement, and is worse when you’re lying down, and you also sweat for no good reason, it could be the sign of an impending heart attack.
Pain In Other Parts Of The Body
Sometimes heart problems might result in pain in other areas of the body, such as your neck and jaw, back, arms, and so on. If you can’t trace the pain to any particular muscle or spot, or the pain comes on suddenly when you’re exercising and doesn’t go away for a while, it might be the sign of heart danger. Women can experience pain in either arm and pain in such areas (and other areas of the body) can wake you up at night.
Anxiety is surprisingly a common sign of heart danger. Anxiety itself can often be accompanied by physical symptoms which you might not link to anything major. But feeling nervous for no real reason might be the sign of something bigger. It might be that you simply have a problem with anxiety, but it’s best to get it checked out all the same. Do not compromise when it comes to either your physical or mental health.
Heart problems can always be scary, but it is very much possible to minimize the risks of a heart attack. Start exercising regularly, if you don’t already. Carving out dedicated time in your day – even as little as half an hour – can reduce the risk. If you smoke, quit immediately – you’re 50% less likely to get Coronary Heart Disease. That’s how big a difference it has. You can also work to improve your diet by eating cleaner and leaner and snacking healthier. Finally, consult your doctor to see how you can further minimize your risks, and get regular checkups to ensure that everything is fine.