A lot of people are under the impression that heart attack usually happens to men. However, it should be noted that this life-threatening illness is the most common cause of death for both sexes. And that’s in the United States alone.
While the risk is great for both women and men, there are instances where symptoms of heart problems are different for women. Here are 7 signs of heart problems in females.
7 Signs of Heart Problems in Females
- Shortness of breath. This can be with or without chest discomfort. Keep in mind that some symptoms for women are milder, so don’t disregard even just the most minor discomfort.
- Uncomfortable pressure and pain in the center of your chest. This symptom may last more than a few minutes. It also happens in intervals, and will go away then come back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms. You may also feel discomfort in your back, your neck, jaw or stomach.
- Nausea or vomiting
- Heavy sweating
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Unusual dizziness
As noted above, these symptoms may be vague and unnoticeable at first. Oftentimes, women may feel these symptoms when they are resting or when they are asleep.
If you feel one or any of these symptoms, it is important to call for emergency help immediately. Do not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital as you may put yourself to further risks.
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