Monday, February 21, 2011

Women & Heart Attacks - TAKE NOTE

This is too important to not post, from Not directly related to fibromylagia, but since we are very attuned to our health upkeep we should all be aware of the different symptoms women can have when during a heart attack. Heart attack symptoms are different in women than they are in men. Here are 7 signs you are having a heart attack:

(Its actually kind of crazy how similar this list of heart attack symptoms is to my fibro symptoms!!)

1. Extreme fatigue
In the days or even weeks before a heart attack, more than 70% of women experience debilitating, flulike exhaustion. You may suddenly feel too tired to cook dinner or lift your laptop.

2. Mild pain
Rather than the elephant on the chest, women may feel less severe pain--and not always in the region of the heart. Pressure or achiness can occur in the breastbone, upper back, shoulders, neck, or jaw.

3. Profuse sweating
You may find yourself suddenly drenched in perspiration for no apparent reason, or your face may be pale or ashen.

4. Nausea or dizziness
Prior to a heart attack, women often have indigestion or even vomit. You may also feel like you're about to pass out.

5. Breathlessness 
Almost 58% of women report panting or inability to carry on a conversation because they couldn't catch their breath.

6. Sleeplessness
Nearly half of women have trouble falling asleep or wake up during the night in the weeks before a coronary.

7. Anxiety
"Many women experience a sense of impending doom or fear before a heart attack," says Dr. Legato, though experts don't necessarily understand why. Nonetheless, it's real and it matters. "That's your body telling you to pay attention. Trust those instincts," she advises.

3 women who were at risk, but their symptoms were ignored - their stories (TO NOTE: 2 of these 3 women are under the age of 50!)

Another under 50 woman tells her heart attack story and struggles

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