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  • Marilyn Buckley, CHHC

Know the signs of a Heart Attack!



WHAT IS A HEART ATTACK?

A HEART ATTACK or MI (MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION) is a life-threatening event caused by a disruption of blood flow to the heart muscle.

Men and Women experience different symptom’s and women’s symptoms can very easily be overlooked as stress and a number of other things. Know the differences.

WOMEN:

Chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack and one that most people are familiar with.

The expectation is that a heart attack will come on quite suddenly and with women this is not always the situation. Research has shown that a woman can experience symptoms and signs for weeks before the event.

Symptoms can be constant or simply come and go and these symptoms may be attributed to stress, disrupted sleep, etc.

Chest Pain:

This is the most common symptom in both men and women and is often described as:

Tightness

Aching

Squeezing

Pressure or fullness

** Women can have a heart attack without ever having chest pain

Fatigue

Unusual fatigue – can occur weeks before the heart attack

Often, usual activities can bring on fatigue not noticed before the event

Weakness

Experiencing weakness or feeling shaky is a common acute symptom in women along with feeling weak, they may also experience:

Anxiety

Dizziness

Faintness

Lightheaded

Shortness of Breath

Hard to breathe or feeling like you’re unable to take a complete breath especially when accompanied by fatigue or chest

pain

Sweating

Excessive sweating without having a cause (working out, running, etc.)

Feeling cold or clammy

Upper Body Pain

This may include:

Jaw

Neck

Shoulders

Upper back