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Heart Attack Symptoms That Women Should Not Ignore

Cardiovascular disease symptoms that women should be aware of and not ignore

According to the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (SBC), cardiovascular disorders account for around 30 percent of all deaths in the country, with heart attack being one of the leading causes of death for both men and women in this population. The symptoms, on the other hand, are typically highly diverse depending on the gender.

The differences begin with the method in which the coronary arteries are more likely to become obstructed. Men are more likely than women to acquire blockages in the larger arteries or main vessels, whilst women are more likely to develop blockages in the smaller diameter arteries.

Females should also be aware of their blood pressure levels, which are one of the risk factors for heart attack and affect 20 percent of the world's female population, since this is another vital piece of information for them. In addition to living a healthy lifestyle, it is critical to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack3 so that you can seek medical attention as soon as possible if one occurs.

There are several signs that should not be dismissed.

Pain in the arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach;

Unexplained shortness of breath;

Nausea and vomiting;


Cold sweat;

Pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen;

Extreme tiredness.

If you or someone you are with is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it is critical that you contact emergency services before or during your trip to the hospital, as this could expedite the first aid that will be necessary to save your life. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. When you call, be sure to describe your symptoms and follow the directions given to you. This has the potential to significantly boost your chances of survival.

Heart Attack That Goes Unnoticed

In other cases, the person may not exhibit any symptoms as a result of the clogging of the cardiac veins. A silent heart attack is generally only discovered after an ECG has been performed. Women and those with diabetes are more prone than men to suffer from this type of heart attack.

Not only may an accurate diagnosis of a heart attack result in improved treatment at the time of the heart attack, but it can also assist in the implementation of lifestyle modifications that will lower the chance of future cardiac episodes.

Heart Attack Preventative Measures

Healthy efforts toward prevention are the most effective method to avoid a heart attack in the first place. In accordance with the SBC4, a number of preventative actions can be implemented, some of which are described below:

Put an end to your smoking habit. Smoking is the leading single avoidable cause of sickness and premature mortality in the world; it is also the most expensive.

Start getting some exercise. Sedentarism is associated with disorders such as hypertension, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, and stress, all of which are linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. However, before you begin, consult with your doctor for guidance. Something as easy as taking a daily 30-minute stroll can have a positive impact on heart health.

Changing your diet can aid in the management of both your bad (LDL) and good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Consult with your physician.

Consult with your doctor about your risk factors and make any changes that your doctor suggests as a result of your consultation.

A heart attack is a major source of concern for female patients. However, you are the most important aspect in this situation. Take good care of your body and rely on a collaborative effort with your doctor to achieve and maintain peak health.




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