Symptoms can be harder to identify and more difficult to diagnose in women. Heart Attack Warning Signs:
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the "movie” heart attack, where everybody can understand what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help, losing the precious time.
Most heart attacks involve chest discomfort in the centre of the chest that persists, or goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, burning, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Heart attack symptoms for women may be different than the men, The most common heart attack symptom in women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. But it's usually not as severe or as prominent symptom in woman. They may present with jaw pain, Neck pain, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort ,Shortness of breath , nausea or vomiting, indigestiin on sweating, lightheadedness or dizziness, unusual fatigue, etc. of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms
of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education
Heart disease risk factors for women:
Although the usual risk factors for coronary artery disease such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity affect women as well. Metabolic syndrome, Mental stress and depression, Smoking are greater risk factor for heart disease in women than in men. Menopause pose a significant risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease in women.
ACT IMMEDIATELY! Warning signs can hit everyone differently, being alert to the symptoms can save your life and the lives of your near and dear ones. Many victims wait too long to seek help, endangering their life or settling down at best with a compromised quality of life.
If you or someone you're with, has chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs, don't wait, call for help/seek medical attention.
Also, check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared. It's very important to take immediate action. The earlier the artery is opened by angioplasty or a clot-busting drug the better is the chance of survival and better is the further quality of life.