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The heart is obviously the most important organ in your body. It works 24 hours a day, non-stop, sending oxygen and nutrients to in your body. When plaque or fatty substances build up inside the walls of your arteries, the flow of blood is disrupted and creates a condition called atherosclerosis. This takes years to develop, often starting in childhood or as a young adult, and can be caused by life-style choices, or just heredity. As this plaque or fatty buildup increases, part of it can break away, creating clots to seal the break, thus narrowing the arteries and reducing the flow of blood. If not treated, it may cause a heart attack (Myocardial infarction.
) This damages the heart muscle due to lack of oxygen, and some cells of the heart muscle may die, compromising the heart's ability to function at optimum precision. For women having a heart attack, many times the symptoms are not as apparent as they are for a man. Check the sidebar for some of the warning signs, but please be aware that your symptoms may be very different. Whereas a man will often have pains in his chest, left arm and/or jaw area, woman often do not experience the same type of pain. (And sometimes do not experience pain at all. ) It is why it is so important to pay attention to your own body.
Time is the essential component where heart disease is concerned. Heart damage is permanent. The sooner you get medical treatment, the better your chances for survival and/or minimal heart damage. So what are the heart attack symptoms for women? I can only give you a general list. The important thing to know is that if you feel something is wrong, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!
You know yourself better than anyone else does. With any of these symptoms, or other symptoms that are unusual to you, GET HELP. Call 911 and state that you think you might be having a heart attack. Making that call could save your life, and it could save your heart from more severe damage, that could directly affect your life. One in two women will end up dying of heart disease or stroke. Don't add to this statistic.
Many doctors are not aware of these symptoms, and may dismiss or not recognize a woman's symptoms. Insist that you be tested for a heart attack. 1. Quit Smoking. If you don't smoke - Bravo for you. If you do smoke, quit as quickly as you can.
There are numerous support groups, plus new medications that can help you quit. I've been there, and I know it's not easy, but it's the best gift you can give yourself. 2. Keep track of your cholesterol and blood pressure. There's not any warning signs on these, until you have a heart attack. A lot of stores have blood pressure cuffs near the pharmacy, which you can use for free.
Your doctor can do a blood test yearly to monitor any changes in your cholesterol. 3. Monitor your diet. With Type 2 Diabetes on the rise, try to keep your weight in check. By making gradual changes, adding more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet, and skipping some of the cookies and cakes, you'll begin to see some changes to your health. 4.
Cut back (or eliminate) the extra salt. Many canned items have a lot of salt for preservation. Unfortunately, salt can raise your blood pressure, which increases your risk of heart disease. Try experimenting with Sea Salt or Kosher Salt. Both contain less sodium than regular table salt. You can also drain the liquids and rinse canned items such as beans to get rid of extra sodium.
That one step can reduce the amount of salt by about 40%. Also, buy low salt/sodium items when they're available. I make chili with salt-free black beans, and the chili comes out great. (Also, check with your doctor before using salt substitutes. They can interfere with some heart medications. ) 5.
Exercise. If you're not very active, start slow. But start! You can begin by just walking, which many doctors feel is best, and gradually work up to 30 minutes a day, 3-5 days a week. Your entire body will thank you. 6.
Know your family history. Heart disease can definitely be passed down from generation to generation. (High blood pressure, high cholesterol, may be part of your family trait. ) 7. Learn the signs of coronary disease, and pay attention to your body. name and e-mail address to download now!
We hate spam as much as you do. We promise to always respect your privacy, and will never share, rent or sell any of your information. Some Symptoms of Heart Attacks You May can be very different for different people. Listed below are just a few of the more common ones. Vomiting or Nausea. This is Often Followed by Headaches and Flu-like Symptoms.