September 29th being the World Heart Day, this article tries to bring some awareness among women about the Symptoms of heart attack in women, ways to reduce the risks and increase the chances of survival.
Myocardial infarction or a heart attack occurs when a blood vessel is blocked and unable supply blood to the heart.
Women enjoy a fairly good health during their reproductive age and once they attain menopause, they become equally vulnerable to heart diseases like men. Over one-third of death among women occurs because of CVD (Cardiovascular disease) in America. This is on the higher side compared to breast, ovarian and cervical cancer deaths put together.
Symptoms of heart attack in women are different from men’s and their symptoms are not always strong. There is no chest pain or only a slight discomfort is felt. Women mistake these signs as normal aging symptoms.
The most common early Symptoms of heart attack in women include
- Unusual fatigue
- Shortness of breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling anxious or depressed
- Profound sweating
- Discomfort or pain in the neck, shoulder blade and upper back
- Heart burn
The risk factors:
The risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking habit, diabetic and a family history of heart diseases. The risks may be brought down by following a life style change, eating heart healthy diet and exercise.
Have a heart-talk with your doctor:
If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, diabetes and smoking habit then talk to your doctor. Know your blood pressure and cholesterol level and keep them under control. Being aware of your heart health is the first step to prevent heart diseases.
Be on the move:
Go for a regular walk or walk with your dog. Make walking your daily routine. This improves your health and reduces the risk of cardiac arrest. Even a little change in your sedentary life lowers your risks.
Say adieu to smoking:
Though it is a tough decision, quitting smoking will protect your heart. Get support from your family and friends and be determined. Use your will power to achieve this. Remember this is going to help you to lead a healthy life.
Have a heart healthy diet:
Leaving or restricting your favorite food is another difficult task for you. Make small changes one at a time and bit by bit. Increase the daily intake of fruits, switch over to low-fat dairy products, lessen your salt, keep away from fried items, eat fast food once-in-a while. These slow but steady changes will make your heart stronger in the long run!
Stress or anxiety is the number one enemy of your heart. Stress-management is essential to lower your risk of heart diseases. Find some good ways to calm you down in the midst of work pressure.
Heart disease runs in your family
If heart disease runs in your family, beware of the factors that trigger a heart attack and keep them in check. Have a regular vigilance over your normal symptoms which may become early warnings of a heart attack.
Never brush away your symptoms as regular ones. Have a heart healthy life!
published in articlesmail.com