Although television dramas have sensationalized the idea that chest pain is a clear sign of a heart attack, there are many other symptoms of heart trouble that are often overlooked. Women are less likely to experience chest pain associated with a heart attack than men. If you have any question as to whether a symptom you’re experiencing is a sign of a heart attack, seek emergency cardiac care immediately.
Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath, disorientation, and cold sweat are all signs of a heart attack in women. Some women feel as though they have run a marathon even when they have not undergone any exertion at all. Others feel dizzy, lightheaded, and may faint. These symptoms can signal the occurrence of a heart attack even if no chest pain is present.
Chest Pain or Pressure
Chest pain remains a classic indicator of a heart attack. However, many women feel pressure or fullness in their chest associated with a heart attack rather than pain. Pain, soreness, or pressure may radiate up into the back, shoulders, neck, or jaw. Some women have described shooting pains down the arms and wrists. Women may also experience a squeezing sensation, as though a rope is being tightened from behind. If you are feeling any chest pain or discomfort at all, contact emergency services regardless of any other symptoms.
Many women mistake a heart attack for the flu or food poisoning. Abdominal discomfort and nausea could be signs of a heart attack rather than indigestion. Nausea and vomiting without a clear cause should be brought to the attention of an emergency physician.
Heart disease remains the number one killer of women in America. Knowing the signs of a heart attack and acting quickly on them can save a life. If you have more questions about heart health or emergency cardiac care, contact the JFK Medical Center of Atlantis by calling (561) 548-3553. Read through our blog for more important information regarding your health.