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Spotting the Signs of a Heart Attack in Women

Last updated 4 years ago

Contrary to popular belief, women oftentimes display different symptoms than men when experiencing a heart attack. It is essential that women are aware of these signs so that they can promptly receive medical attention from a vascular care specialist. Here is a guide to spotting the signs of a heart attack in women:

Difficulty Breathing and Concentrating

The first signs of a heart attack in women are often the sensation that it is difficult to breath as well as a feeling of disorientation or trouble concentrating. According to some vascular care physicians, patients who have experienced a heart attack describe their shortness of breath as though they are running a marathon without even moving. These symptoms may also be accompanied by nausea and dizziness.

Extreme Tiredness and Sweating

It is also very common for women who are experiencing a heart attack to feel extremely tired and exhausted by basic activities like taking out the garbage or dressing themselves. This feeling of fatigue can be accompanied by another rather bizarre symptom: extreme sweating. Despite a lack of physical activity, women tend to break out in a cold sweat that differs significantly from the sweat experienced during a common hot flash.

Pain in the Chest, Arms, and Stomach

Lastly, it is essential that women seek emergency care from a vascular care team if they are experiencing chest pain that feels like someone is squeezing their chest. They may also describe this pain as a feeling of fullness. Pain might also concentrate in the stomach where it manifests as extreme pressure. Finally, women should not ignore sudden pain in the arms, back, neck, or jaw as these are common locations for heart attack-related pains.

If you're concerned about your risk for experiencing a heart attack and would like to learn more about preventative care, then speak to a vascular care physician at South Bay Hospital today. Our dedicated staff will see to it that your needs are fully met when it comes to vascular care as well as stroke care, orthopedic care, and even emergency care. To speak to a nurse about our services, call (888) 685-1595.


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