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Did you know that you could easily be experiencing heart attack symptoms and are unknowingly ignoring them?
Oftentimes we experience simple illnesses like flu, cough, mild body aches and nausea and simply brush them off not knowing that there could be serious underlying health problems associated with them. For example, when nauseous, you would probably just assume you’re hungry or ate something bad, yet in actual sense you could be pregnant or have a worse health issues like a heart attack that you’re unaware of.
It is very rare that you would probably associate a common feeling like nausea to a heart attack. People tend to wait until they feel normal again and totally ignore the fact that it may be something a lot more serious.
Unfortunately, it is reported by health.com that over 38,000 women below the age of 50 experience experience heart attacks every year in the U.S. The problem is, people can easily confuse heart attacks with other ailments, such as indigestion.
Some of us have learned about the typical symptoms of a heart attack such as experiencing sudden chest pains and/or pain in your arm.
But according to experts, women can experience far less obvious signs of a heart attack compared to men.
It’s really important to be aware of those less obvious signs that we usually ignore and to see a doctor as soon as possible when we get them. Ignoring such signs and symptoms can make the problem far worse.
George S. Abela, M.D. tells Glamour magazine, “The symptoms in women vs. men are much less dramatic. That’s part of the issue that leads many women to ignore their symptoms.”
There are 5 symptoms that are specifically seen in women when it comes to a heart attack. Some of them are easy to ignore because they seem harmless. But it’s definitely a good thing to know.
According to Nicole Weinberg, a cardiologist in Santa Monica, California, “Pretty much if anybody is having some sort of unusual symptom between their chin and belly button you have to pay attention”
Weinberg has witnessed a female patient who was suffering from back pain that happened suddenly and carried on throughout the day. She later learned she was having a heart attack.
The worst is when one symptom is related to one issue and you get that fixed, only to later learn it’s related to another issue.
Weinberg also tells Glamour another story about a woman who had several teeth removed after suffering from a jaw pain and she later realized that the pain she was experiencing was due to a heart attack.
Vomiting can be related to more than just an upset stomach. It’s actually one of the most “common” symptoms for a heart attack that women experience. There is also sweating that follows nausea.
According to Sharonne Hayes, a cardiologist, and founder of a Women’s Heart Clinic, the most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest discomfort.
Not necessarily chest pain, but a feeling of a ton of pressure in your chest, to the point where it is difficult to breathe properly.
Hayes also notes that “profound fatigue that you don’t normally feel” is another symptom that’s common but unrelated.
Another way you can tell whether you are having a heart attack is if you find difficulty walking short distances or that you need to stop and rest throughout the day, it could be a sign that blood isn’t getting to the heart fast enough.
George Abela, chief of the division of cardiology at Michigan State told Glamour that all these symptoms can be easily confused with other, more minor issues or are just simply shaken off.
If you feel like something’s not right and you continuously feel one or all of these symptoms, experts say you should call your doctor or have someone drive you to the ER as soon as possible.
It’s vital that you pay close attention to minor symptoms like flu and nausea. Don’t take them for granted or ignore any symptoms of a heart attack because you can delay critical, life saving actions. Be on the lookout for warning signs and act very fast when you notice them to save your life.