There are 48.3 million women around the world that have some kind of heart disease. Women are more at a risk from dying because of a heart disease than men. You may find it hard to believe this because heart attacks are usually associated more with men. This is the reason why women are at a higher risk; because once they have a heart attack nobody thinks it is a possible culprit.
Men usually experience heart attacks as dramatic and sudden, but women might not even recognize the symptoms because they are more subtle.
The following are the most common warning signs of heart attack in women:
Feeling tired all day is something that could happen to anyone, however severe and sudden fatigue should be taken more seriously. Especially if it is accompanied by the other symptoms we have listed here.
Sweating and shortness of breath
You will probably think that sweating and shortness of breath as well as breaking out in cold sweat are just flu symptoms. They are not as harmless as you may think especially if you experience them while resting or if they become worse after exercise. Call 911 immediately if these symptoms are accompanied by chest pain.
Pain in the areas other than the chest
During a heart attack the pain does not always occur in the chest. Other early warning signs of a heart attack could also be jaw pain, back pain or pain in either arm.
Nausea or vomiting
You may also think that these symptoms show there is something wrong with your stomach. But it is more common for women to experience nausea or vomiting before having a heart attack.
Chest pressure for women may not be as intense as for men. Women can experience fullness of pain in the center of the chest, uncomfortable pressure or squeezing. The feeling usually lasts for a few minutes, or it goes away and reoccurs. Some women have also experienced upper back pressure that feels like having a rope tied around the body.
The problem of plaque
When the heart muscle becomes oxygen deprived due to reduced or cut off blood flow, a heart attack occurs. The blood flow can become disrupted because of plaque buildup on the arteries that supply the heart with blood. Luckily, there is a way you can prevent and reduce the plaque formation and protect yourself from having a heart attack.
Cut back on sugar
Eating too much sugar has numerous negative effects on the body including lowering good cholesterol and increasing triglycerides. This way the sugar increases your risk of a heart attack.
Women who exercise moderately have a reduced risk of heart attack compared to those who don’t exercise at all. However, exercising too hard may increase your risk so make sure you don’t push your body to the limits.
You should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as garlic. Garlic has the ability to reduce the blood pressure, but if you have trouble eating it fresh you can always buy garlic supplements. Curcumin, which is a compound in turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the plaque buildup from the arteries thus reduce the risk of heart attack.
Consuming fish oil will dilate your arteries and promote proper blood flow. Vitamin K prevents calcification, and vitamin C protects the arteries from damage.
Note: Pay attention to the signs your body is telling you. It is always better to be wrong than to be sorry for not acting on time. Call 911 or get to a hospital immediately if you suspect you are having a heart attack.
Watch the following video for more information on heart attacks in women: