Men and women truly are different in their respective display of heart attack symptoms.
It doesn’t take much of an expert to notice the differences between a man and a woman. However, there are subtle differences that can mean the difference between life and death when it comes to a heart attack. The Cleveland clinic has listed a number of symptoms that men and women tend to experience during a heart attack.
In non-alphabetical order, we begin with the signs of a heart attack in women. These symptoms are “less dramatic and are frequently mistaken for less serious medical conditions. Not only are these symptoms subtle they will vary widely, especially in women, diabetics, and older people.
Women with the following symptoms should seek immediate medical attention, these are quoted verbatim from the Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor information sheet.
- Upper back or shoulder pain
- Jaw pain or pain that radiates to the jaw
- Pain that radiates to the arm
- Pressure or pain in the center of the chest
- Nausea or queasiness and indigestion
- Shortness of breath or feeling “winded”
- Unusual fatigue for several days
Men tend to experience the following during a heart attack:
- Chest pressure growing in frequency and intensity or one to three days (unstable angina). This is often described as a squeezing sensation
- Pain in the left arm, shoulder, neck or jaw that may or may not stem from pain in the center of the chest. It also may occur in the right arm
- Pain in the abdomen that may be mistaken for indigestion
- Sweating, restlessness and anxiety
- Dizziness, faintness and heavy pounding in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Disorientation (more common in the elderly)
- Nausea or queasiness (more common in women)
The final piece of important information the Cleveland Clinic heart advisor makes it very plain is when they say quote if you think you’re having a heart attack – for any reason – don’t wait. Call 911 or have someone take you to the nearest emergency room.
Lifestyle changes that help protect you from a heart attack
- If you smoke, stop. Eliminate all smoking and use of any type of tobacco products from your life. The chemicals in the tobacco and the carbon monoxide in the smoke damage the heart and blood vessels. There is absolutely nothing good about using tobacco.
- Regular exercise is a defense against an assorted array of health issues. Work up to a minimum of thirty minutes of exercise each day.
- Watch your diet. By eating a heart healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats (not saturated fats or trans fats), cutting back on the amount of red meat and processed foods in your daily meals your helping your body to heal itself.
- Stay at a healthy weight. Older adults may have a slightly higher BMI than younger adults and still be healthy.