We know that women experience symptoms of heart attack differently than men do. Where men often have crushing chest pain, women may feel an overwhelming sense of fatigue or break out into a cold sweat. Women’s warning signs of impending heart attack are also different from mens.
Sometimes we forget that it’s not just our plumbing that’s different. Our brains, our hormones, and yes, even our hearts are different from men’s. While many men have some slight chest pain, according to the National Institutes of Health.
In the Weeks Preceding a Heart Attack, Women are More Likely to Have:
The trouble is that these symptoms can be related to just about anything.
Prevention is key, as is getting Cholesterol checked, keeping blood pressure low, quitting smoking if that’s an issue and managing weight.
Have You had a Heart Attack or Known a Woman Who has? What was Her Experience?
I saw a patient the other day, whose mother had a heart attack and her only symptoms were that she suddenly broke out in a cold sweat and felt nauseated. Because her color changed so dramatically and became more pale, they did get her to an Emergency room later in the day, when the symptoms didn’t improve.
Know the signs and Don’t Miss a Beat!