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Did you know that when a woman has a heart attack, she may not have the same symptoms as men. Only about 60 % of women will experience crushing chest pain, while the 70% of men have chest pain with a heart attack.
Because women’s symptoms may be more subtle and not as obvious as men’s are, this can delay treatment, which puts a woman at increased risk.
I’ve never had back issues in my life, that is, until recently when I reached across the kitchen counter and suddenly, my lower back went into a painful spasm. I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary, really. Just reaching across the counter. I tried to walk it off and then went to do some stretches, but the pain only increased. “It must be the fallout from my recent road trip to Los Angeles,” I thought to myself as I dialed the chiropractor.
In an emergency, it’s critical to know the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
Men may experience:
Women’s symptoms are often different:
Only about 1/3 of women having a heart attack will experience crushing chest pain
Women may have some or all of these symptoms with a heart attack:
If you have these symptoms or any chest pain that occurs with exercise or activity, don’t wait, call 911.
Why women hesitate to call
Many women think that they couldn’t possibly be having a heart attack because they don’t have crushing chest pain or some of the other common signs and symptoms that men have. And, before you judge this next statement, just know that many women also hesitate because their symptoms seem mild and they don’t want to inconvenience anyone, especially emergency responders.
When in doubt, call 911
I know a woman who had burning chest pain, sweating and then fainted in her yard in front of her family. When she woke up after a few minutes, she insisted that the family continue their plans to go to dinner with her and not call 911, because she was feeling a little better and she didn’t want to spoil the plans they made to go out to dinner. It was only weeks later when she had crushing chest pain and couldn’t breathe that she decided to get to the Emergency room, where she learned that yes, this was a having a heart attack, and her fainting spell was also her sign of a heart attack.
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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.
A recent study found that people with higher levels of HDL, what’s known as the beneficial or good cholesterol, also had a lower risk of having Alzheimers disease. HDL, high density lipoprotein, is the type of cholesterol that helps clear away the LDL cholesterol, known to cause narrowing of the arteries and clots. HDL can be increased by increasing exercise and from some medications such as Niacin.
How about a nice cup of cocoa before bed? Well, if you’re a woman over 70, it’s just the thing to help prevent a heart attack. That’s right, there’s another good reason to have some chocolate every day, a new study found that (1) serving each day helped prevent heart attack. The good news is that you don’t need to eat a lot, a little goes a long way.