A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked. A lack of blood to the heart may seriously damage the heart muscle and can be life threatening.
Let’s look at the common sign of heart attack in women a month or months before its strikes.
There are some early warning signs that can present themselves up to a month before the life-threatening event. Most of which can easily be confused with other conditions or simply overlooked. Not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. There is not always an alarming chest clutch followed by a fall to the floor like you see in movies. Some heart symptoms don’t even happen in your chest, and it’s not always easy to tell what’s going on.
“If you’re not sure, get it checked out,” says Charles Chambers, MD, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute.
That’s especially true if you are 60 or older, are overweight , diabetic, or high blood pressure, says Vincent Bufalino, MD, an American Heart Association spokesman. “The more risk factors you have,” he says, “the more you should be concerned about anything that might be heart-related.”
Below are some of the warning signs before heart attack strike.
1. Chest Discomfort
It’s the most common sign of heart danger. If you have a blocked artery or are having a heart attack you may feel pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest.
“Everyone has a different word for that feeling,” Chambers says. “Some people say it’s like an elephant is sitting on them. Other people say it’s like a pinching or burning.”
The feeling usually lasts longer than a few minutes. It may happen when you’re at rest or when you’re doing something physical.
If it’s just a very brief pain or if it’s a spot that hurts more when you touch or push on it. it’s probably not your heart, Chambers says. You should still get it checked out by a doctor. If the symptoms are more severe and don’t go away after a few minutes, you should consider calling your doctor.
He also notes that keep you can have heart problems even a heart attack without chest pain, which is particularly common among women.
2. Pains that mostly spreed to the arm
Another heart attack symptom is pain that radiates down the left side of the body. This sign should also not be ignored.
“It almost always starts from the chest and moves outward,” Chambers says. “But I have had some patients who have mainly arm pain that turned out to be heart attacks.
3. Jaw or throat pain
By itself, throat or jaw pain probably isn’t heart related. More likely, it’s caused by a muscular issue, a cold, or a sinus problem. But pain or pressure in the center of your chest that spreads up into your throat or jaw, it could be a sign of a heart attack.
4. Heartburn, stomach pain, indigestion
Report has it that Women are more likely to report this type of symptom than men are. Some people have these symptoms during a heart attack. They may even vomit, Chambers says
Of course, you can have an upset stomach for many reasons that have nothing to do with your heart. It could just be something you ate, after all. But you need to be aware that it can also happen during a heart attack.
So if you feel this way and you’re at risk for heart problems, let a doctor find out what’s going on, especially if you also have any of the other symptoms on this list
It’s normal to snore a little while you snooze. But unusually loud snoring that sounds like a gasping or choking can be a sign of sleep Agnes that’s when you stop breathing for brief moments several times at night while you are still sleeping. This puts extra stress on your heart. Your doctor can check whether you need a sleep study to see if you have this condition.
If you suddenly feel fatigued or winded after doing something you had no problem doing in the past — like climbing the stairs or carrying groceries from the car — make an appointment with your doctor right away.
Extreme exhaustion or unexplained weakness, sometimes for days at a time, can be a symptom of heart diseas, especially for women
7. Excess Sweating
Breaking out in a cold sweat for no obvious reason could signal a heart attack. If this happens along with any of these other symptoms, call your doctor and Don’t try to drive yourself.
8. Persistent Cough
In most cases, this isn’t a sign of heart trouble. But if you have heart disease or know you’re at risk, pay special attention to the possibility. If you have a long-lasting cough that produces a white or pink mucus, it could be a sign of heart failure. This happens when the heart can’t keep up with the body’s demands, causing blood to leak back into the lungs. Please ask your doctor to check on what’s causing your cough.
9. Swelling Ankles,legs and feets
When the heart can’t pump fast enough, blood backs up in the veins and causes bloating. This could be a sign that your heart doesn’t pump blood as effectively as it should.
Heart failure can also make it harder for the kidneys to remove extra water and sodium from the body, which can lead to bloating.
10. Irregular Heartbeat
if you feel like your heart is beating out of time for more than just a few seconds, or if it happens often, tell your doctor. It’s normal for your heart to race when you are nervous or excited or to skip or add a beat once in a while. “In most cases, it’s caused by something that’s easy to fix, like too much caffeine or not enough sleep” Bufalino says. But occasionally, it could signal a condition called atrial fibrillation that needs treatment.
Not all people who have heart attacks have the same symptoms or have the same severity of symptoms. Some people have mild pain; others have more severe pain. Some people have no symptoms. For others, the first sign may be sudden cardiac arrest. However, the more signs and symptoms you have, the greater the chance you’re having a heart attack.