Thursday, May 15, 2008

Women's Heart Attack Symptoms

Heart disease kills more American women than any other health condition. Yet mny women don't know the symptoms of a heart attack.

Beyond Chest Pain
The most common warning sign of heart attack for a man is sudden, powerful chest pain. But when a woman has a heart attack, she may have mild chest discomfort. She may also feel pressure, squeezing, tightness, or fullness in her chest.

New research shows that women have trouble breathing, weakness, unusual fatigue, cold sweats, and dizziness before a heart attack.
Call 911 or your local emergency service right away if you have any of these symptoms. Getting help for a heart attack within one hour may mean the difference between life and death.

A recent study found that many women begin having symptoms long before a heart attack actually starts. These symptoms can even happen a month ahead of time. The most common signs are:
  • Unusual tiredness-more than 70% of women reported this symptom
  • Sleep problems
  • Shortness of breath
  • Indigestion
  • Anxiety
Even if you've already had a heart attack, it pays to review warning signs. A second attack may have different symptoms than the first.