5 Heart Attack Symptoms That Women Ignore

 

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A whopping 9 out of 10 women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease—the number 1 killer in America.

What are some of these risk factors?

  • Age (55+ for women)
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes and prediabetes
  • Smoking
  • Overweight/obese
  • Physical inactivity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Family history of early heart disease
  • History of preeclampsia during pregnancy

What are heart attack symptoms in women?

  1. Pressure, tightness or squeezing pain that either lasts, or returns.
  2. Pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with chest discomfort, or without.
  4. Nausea and vomiting.
  5. Sweating, lightheadedness.
Any one of these symptoms mandate an immediate call to 9-1-1.
heart attack symptoms women

Sandy Tysinger

“Take time to listen to your body,” said Sandy Tysinger, MSN, RN, PCCN, nurse manager at the Heart and Vascular Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health. “Women do not always present textbook symptoms. Sometimes their complaints are more general and vague.”

View an illustrated sequence of how a heart attack occurs.

 

What can women do to prevent heart disease?

heart attack symptoms women  Schedule a health care appointment to evaluate your risk for heart disease.

heart attack symptoms women  Stop smoking. Seek other ways to manage stress and relax.

heart attack symptoms women  Walk 30 minutes a day. Or swim. Or ride a bike.

heart attack symptoms women  Think about what you put into that finely-tuned machine we call the human body. The American Heart Association offers these recipes and videos for delicious, affordable dishes.

Don’t let your heart miss a beat. Know these symptoms and invest in your health.MedCost

The Life-Saving Resource Ignored After Heart Attacks

childrens hospital readmissionsCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Mario Oikonomides credits a massive heart attack when he was 38 for sparking his love of exercise, which he says helped keep him out of the hospital for decades after.

While recovering, he did something that only a small percentage of patients do: He signed up for a medically supervised cardiac rehabilitation program where he learned about exercise, diet and prescription drugs.

“I had never exercised before,” said Oikonomides, 69, who says he enjoyed it so much he stayed active after finishing the program.

Despite evidence showing such programs substantially cut the risk of dying from another cardiac problem, improve quality of life and lower costs, fewer than one-third of patients whose conditions qualify for the rehab actually participate. Various studies show women and minorities, especially African Americans, have the lowest participation rates.

“Frankly, I’m a little discouraged by the lack of attention,” said Brian Contos, who has studied the programs for the Advisory Board, a consulting firm used by hospitals and other medical providers.

ManWithHeartNow, though, advocates say cardiac rehab may gain traction, partly because the federal health care law puts hospitals on a financial hook for penalties if patients are readmitted after cardiac problems. Studies have shown that patients’ participation in cardiac rehab cut hospital readmissions by nearly a third and saved money.

The law also creates incentives for hospitals, physicians and other medical providers to work together to better coordinate care.MedCost

(Kaiser Health News, Julie Appleby, August 31, 2016)

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