It is important to detect the symptoms of a heart attack as soon as possible, because early detection increases the chances of successful treatment. When most people think of having a heart attack, they think of chest pain. However, as you have already discovered, many people have a heart attack without ever feeling chest pain. The likelihood of having unusual symptoms associated with a heart attack is increased in certain groups of people like women and diabetics.
Signs that could indicate that a woman is suffering from certain heart health issues:.
Chest Pain or Discomfort
The chest pain is the quintessential symptom of a heart attack among both, men and women. However, the way it manifests, and the specific region in which it is experienced may vary among men and women. Women are more likely to feel an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest, which may last for a few minutes, or are recurrent in nature.Unlike men who predominantly feel the pain on the left side or center-left, women can feel the pain anywhere in the chest, not just on the left side.
Women suffering a heart attack may also sweat profusely for no apparent reason, which is often out of character for them. Typically a cold sweat, this will often feel more like sweating from nervousness than from exercising or spending time in the heat. This condition is medically known as diaphoresis and is caused due to the over-activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which in turn is actuated by release of hormones due to sharp pain, increase blood pressure, elevated and heartbeat.
If she cannot walk for six minutes without tiring .
This is one of the most effective and easiest ways to find out if a woman is suffering from any heart conditions or has any blockages in the heart. The six minutes walking test is the easiest and simplest one for which no lab or machines are needed. If you can walk more than 500 meters in six minutes then probably you do not have any significant blockages or if you can walk 2 km or climb two flights of stairs without going breathless you can safely say that your heart is healthy.
Tired and breathless .
Women have a lot of burden on their shoulders and seldom do they complain about the pressures of their day-to-day activities. This is a reason why tiredness and fatigue are always ignored. However, if there is persistent weakness, tiredness, chest tightening after the age of 40, despite having adequate sleep and rest. It is a sign that your heart is taking too much strain than it can sustain.
If she has a strong family history of heart disease .
If any member of the family reportedly has heart disease it increases the risk in females of having heart disease manifolds. If a male member of the family had heart disease before 55 or female before 65, it amounts to a strong family history of heart disease and a woman could be a silent sufferer. Remember the symptoms of heart diseases in women show 10 years later than in men. A strong family history of heart diseases can be linked to sudden cardiac death if blockages in the heart were not detected on time.