A heart attack strikes when arteries are built up with cholesterol, fats and other substances that can clog the arteries that supply the heart with blood. When this happens, the oxygen meant to go in the heart is either reduced or cut off, claims the American heart association.
A lot of people are familiar with the symptoms of getting a heart attack in men but most of them don't know the usual symptoms in women. When it comes to women, the symptoms may be silent and not recognized on time which can sometimes be fatal. These silent signs are often failed to be recognized by anyone.
1. Shortness Of Breath
If you get the feeling of shortness of breath just like the one you are getting after you have run the stairs you may be in serious trouble because it is the first sign of getting a heart attack .You are in extreme danger if this sign is combined together with the following signs.
2. Extreme fatigue
Sudden and extreme drop of energy may be a symptom of getting a heart attack. This energy drop will make you feel like going to the bathroom is the hardest thing to do. You may even be too €œlazy€ to move even when you sit. If this happens intensively and more frequent than it should then the chances of getting a heart attack are big.
3. Profuse Sweating
Excessive sweating may be a bad sign. If you don't sweat much on a regular basis, this excessive sweating may be a warning for you. Even though your excessive sweating has started recently don't panic. This may be just a hot flash, but, try and make a difference between them. Take this sign seriously if it is combined with any other warning signs.
4. Stomach Pain
If you are feeling pain that feels like €œyou have an elephant sitting onto your stomach€ (as Nieca Goldberg medical director of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health describes it) then your panic is justified. Be careful though, stomach pain may be caused as a result of the flu, ulcer and/or heartburn.
5. Upper Body Pain
If you feel pain in your neck, back, jaw or upper arm(s) don't ignore it. This may be just another warning of getting a heart attack. The pain may increase and reduce until it becomes more and more intense. The level of pain may even wake you up. If you experience this kind of pain you must consult your doctor immediately.
6. Chest Pain And Discomfort
This kind of pain can appear anywhere in the chest area. If you have a feel like fullness or squeezing you may be in danger of getting a heart attack. This kind of pain is often experienced in different ways in men and women.
If you are experiencing any of these signs with strong intensity you should call 911 immediately. This call may save your life.