No matter your age, gender or health status, it’s important to never ignore chest pain, shortness of breath or unusual symptoms. Even if you consider yourself a low risk person at a young age, unfortunately a heart attack and similar dangerous conditions are possible.
When we think of heart attacks, most of us picture the classic 50 something year old, overweight, out of shape man clutching his chest, turning various shades of red, eyes wide as he drops to the ground. I’ve definitely seen that on TV. As you know, real life is often less dramatic.
The most common symptom is chest pain, which often feels like pressure or squeezing, similar to someone sitting on top of your chest. This can be in the center of the chest but can often times move up into the jaw or into the back or arms.
Women can experience chest pain during a heart attack but also tend to have symptoms that aren’t always so classic which sometimes leads us to ignore them, which could have potentially fatal consequences. I’ve had female patients who suddenly felt like they had just run a marathon and were out of breath while just sitting at their desk at work. Others became lightheaded or dizzy, felt uneasy and began sweating for no reason, some have complained of a racing heart or skipped beats, some felt suddenly overwhelmingly exhausted while others full on fainted or vomited without reason.
These symptoms can sometimes be confused and blamed on exhaustion, acid reflux, menopausal symptoms, the flu or stress. It’s important to pay attention to your body.
Experiencing these symptoms while working out can be a sign of an impending heart attack, get checked out immediately
If you develop any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. It’s ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry.
* CHEST PAIN- pressure, squeezing or fullness
* PAIN radiating into your back, stomach area, neck/jaw or arms
* Shortness of breath
* Lightheadedness, Feeling Faint, Cold Sweats, Nausea/Vomiting
When in Doubt, get it checked out. Read More: https://www.goredforwomen.org/
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