Most women lead a busy life and wear many hats. Usually exercise gets pushed to the back burner as they address their family and their careers. Women are also known to be the caregivers and often put their own health aside for the needs of others. So it’s not surprising that research shows that women ignore symptoms of a heart attack and delay medical treatment. One study found that women were one and a half times more likely than men to wait for severe symptoms to appear before seeking help.
Mistakenly, many women believe that only men suffer heart attacks. However, heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. But women more often dismiss symptoms of a heart attack and make excuses for their symptoms. The phrase “time is muscle” is most important to remember. The longer treatment is delayed, the more irreversible damage is done to heart muscle.
The major symptoms of a heart attack in both men and women are the same:
· Sudden chest pain
· Sudden chest pressure
· Sudden chest tightness
· Pain in jaw, arm, back or neck. This is more common in women than men.
· Breathing difficulties
· Burning sensation
· Nausea/vomiting. Women often dismiss this as the flu.
· Breaking into a sweat
If you have any of these symptoms for more than 5 minutes call 911 and get to a hospital for medical treatment immediately. Nothing you are doing at the time is more important than saving your heart muscle!
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