Heart disease and heart attacks are not the same for women as it is for men. Women can have completely different symptoms when it comes to these issues.
We as women need to know this information. We tend to overlook our health sometimes and we write it off to being too busy, stressed out or just plain tired from all that we have to do each and every day.
The symptoms can vary from woman to woman. But here are the most common symptoms, according to the American Heart Association.
There can be discomfort in our upper bodies, such as pain in one or both arms or the back of the neck. There can even be jaw pain or a stomachache.
Chest discomfort is another symptom. There can be a feeling of discomfort in the center of the chest that last for a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. This can include a squeezing or fullness feeling or uncomfortable pressure.
Shortness of breath is another symptom. Some of the other signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or being lightheaded.
You wouldn’t think that heart disease would be the number one killer among women, but it is the top one. There are so many things we can do as women to lower our risk. It is up to each of us to be able to live a healthy lifestyle.
The risk factors include being overweight, smoking, having an unhealthy diet, and being inactive. Diabetes and High Blood pressure can also be risk factors.
An unhealthy diet can lead to high cholesterol levels and that puts you at greater risk for heart disease, as does getting no exercise at all. You have to get out there and get moving. You have to keep fit. Not that you have to be thin as a rail, but you need to keep your metabolism revved up.
If you have any of the symptoms of heart disease, you should call your doctor and have a checkup. It may be nothing, but again, it may be something. You don’t know if you don’t tell your doctor what’s going on. It is better to be on the safe side. Don’t just assume that it’s because you’ve had a hard day or a stressful day.