A heart attack occurs in the case of a severe reduction or a complete blockage of the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle. The statistics show a concerning high number of women who are suffering from a heart disease, and it is 43.8 million women.
The main cause is the slow narrowing of the arteries that supply the heart with blood due to a buildup of plaque. Studies have shown that 43.8 million women are currently suffering from some kind of heart disease.
Women are more prone to heart diseases than men, and they have the highest risk of death due to a heart attack than all cancer types combined.
Yet, heart attacks are more commonly associated with men, so this contributes to an increase of the risks as women do not regard a heart attack as a possible culprit when it occurs.
Also, the symptoms are quite different for women and men who suffer a heart attack because in men it is very sudden and dramatic, but on the other hand in women, the symptoms are milder; and in some cases, it can be misunderstood as something less serious, like the flu, for instance.
Therefore, it is important to know these warning signs of a heart attack in women:
Swelling and shortness of breath
This includes breaking out in a cold sweat, which might be dismissed as a flu symptom. Keep track if you experience these symptoms while resting or if they continue to get worse after exercise. If accompanied by chest pain, call 911.
Nausea or vomiting
When we experience vomiting or nausea, we usually think that they are symptoms of a stomach bug or other illness. Nausea and vomiting are more common for women as a warning sign of a heart attack.
Pain in other areas besides the chest
Other pains besides the chest pain can also be a sign of a heart attack. So be cautious if you feel pain in either arm, back pain or jaw pain.
For women, this isn’t always intense as it might be for men. It could be an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness of pain in the center of your chest, or it could be nonexistent altogether. It usually lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. Some women have described upper back pressure that feels like squeezing or a rope being tied around them.
If you are constantly tired without any evident reason, and if you also experience some of the symptoms above, you should definitely visit your doctor.
However, you can take some preventative measures which can help you lower the risk of a heart attack:
But be careful not to overdo, because it may have a negative effect and increase the risk of heart attack, but on the other hand exercising moderately can be beneficial in reducing the risk of a heart attack in women, as compared to those who are not active at all.
To dilate the arteries, and help the flow of blood, you should take fish oil. Also, vitamin C prevents damage of the arteries, while vitamin K protects against calcification (hardening of the arteries), which might be another cause of a heart attack.
Lower the sugar intake
Taking too much sugar can cause a lot of side-effects on your health, and it also increases triglycerides and reduces the good cholesterol. This also increases your chances of a heart attack.
You should focus on fruits and vegetables, especially garlic, as it lowers blood pressure. Also, the increased risk of a heart attack is often linked to inflammation, so you should also consume Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, which has potent anti-inflammatory properties which lower the accumulation of plaque in the arteries.
Yet, always remember not to wait in case you suspect you are having a heart attack. Instead, you should immediately call 911 and get to a hospital.