Therefore, a heart attack in women is extremely dangerous. And the risk is increasing. More and more women are overweight, have poor cholesterol levels and higher blood pressure. It is, of course, important to live healthier lives, but it is also important to know the signs of a heart attack in women. In this way, action can be taken in time and the heart attack doesn’t become fatal. Below are the common symptoms of a heart attack in women.
- Extreme fatigue (for days or even weeks)
- Pain in the upper abdomen, shoulders, neck and jaw line
- Shortness of breath
- Excessive sweating
- Feeling restless or anxious
The above symptoms are still often seen as a flu by women themselves, but also by doctors. Although the symptoms do not always have to signal a heart attack or other heart-related disorders, it is still best to contact your GP if you experience any of them. If the symptoms suddenly get worse and/or you experience pressure in your chest, immediately call the emergency number.
Men versus women
Why do these symptoms differ so much between men and women, you might wonder. There are various reasons for this. In men, the problems often originate in the coronary arteries. These are the large veins around the heart. Plaque can narrow these arteries, which causes the blood vessel to become partially or completely blocked. In women these constrictions occur more often in the smaller vessels around the heart muscle. Blockage of these smaller vessels are less easy to detect and cause different, more subtle signals. Because of this, a heart attack in women is often noticed at a later stage.
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