Here Are 5 Warning Signs Of A Heart Attack. All Women Need To Know!!!

Just as no two hearts beat the same, no two heart attacks are the
same, even for the same person. It is different for everyone and the
warning signs someone experiences before a heart attack can vary
drastically from person to person. 

Heart attacks happen when one
or more of the coronary arteries, which supply blood to your heart,
become blocked. This means blood and oxygen can’t reach the heart and
causes damage to the heart muscle. 

 

Chest discomfort or pain (also
known as angina) is the most common warning sign of a heart attack. It
can feel like uncomfortable pressure, aching, numbness, squeezing or
fullness in your chest. Many people are familiar with this warning sign,
as it’s the classic sign often depicted on TV or in the movies. 
Sometimes people describe the pain or discomfort as “an elephant sitting
on my chest”. It can spread to your arms, neck, jaw or back, lasting
for several minutes or coming and going in waves. However, it is
important to remember that in some people, a life-threatening heart
attack can start slowly with only mild pain or discomfort. In other
cases, people might not get any chest pain at all. 

 

Did you know
there are some less obvious and less common warning signs that people
might experience before a heart attack? Here are five that you might not
expect:

1. Dizziness, light-headedness or feeling faint

If
you suddenly become unsteady on your feet, the room starts spinning or
your vision starts to fade, your body may be warning you of an impending
heart attack. Tell someone right away if you are experiencing these
symptoms.

2. Nausea, indigestion, or vomiting 

Indigestion,
nausea, and vomiting can be symptoms of many conditions, but it is
important not to dismiss them, as they can be a warning sign of a
life-threatening heart attack. The best way to be sure if what you’re
experiencing is critical is to seek urgent help. Medical tests can
diagnose the cause of your symptoms, and if it is a heart attack, the
earlier you get help, the better.

3. Shortness of breath 

Shortness
of breath can be brought on by physical activity, extreme temperatures,
or high altitudes. It can also be a common symptom of many other
medical conditions. However, tightening in the chest, difficulty
breathing or breathlessness with or without chest discomfort can
occasionally be a warning sign for a heart attack. If you are
experiencing shortness of breath which is not normal for you, it’s best
to seek medical help right away.

4. Sweating or a cold sweat 

Sweating,
or breaking out in a cold sweat – that is, a sudden chill in your body,
regardless of temperature in the environment – can also be warning
signs of a heart attack. 

5. No warning signs at all

Finally,
it is entirely possible to experience a ‘silent heart attack’, where
you might not have any symptoms at all. In this case, your heart attack
might not be picked up until later down the track.

It is possible
to experience several of these symptoms or just one. They usually last
for at least 10 minutes and may come on suddenly or get worse as time
passes.

And did you know women are more likely than men to suffer
from the non-chest pain symptoms listed above, along with feeling
fatigued or tired? Read more about specific warning signs and risk
factors for women.

Here are some heart-healthy tips to reduce the likelihood of a heart attack:

  • Be smoke free 
  • Do regular exercise  
  • Eat a heart healthy diet 
  • Maintain a healthy body weight 
  • Reduce your alcohol intake 
  • Look after your mental health 
  • Manage high blood pressure and cholesterol 
  • For people with diabetes, manage blood sugar levels.

The
warning signs of a heart attack vary, and it is important to recognise
them, as ignoring them could be fatal. Knowing the symptoms and acting
on them quickly can increase your chance of survival.

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