For many years, the science of the body used to be done on the male body only believing that there are no differences between males and females.
It turned out that the male bodies should not be considered as the “human” body anymore because most of the symptoms and signs of heart attacks are different, and because of that, many women ended up losing their lives throughout the past decades.
Now it is time do a quick rewind and learn the warning signs in the female body. However, the crushing chest pain that radiates one arm down could happen to women as well, but most of them experience silent signs that should never be missed again.
#1 – Dizziness
Heart attacks don’t always have to make you lose consciousness suddenly, but they can cut off or decrease the blood flow that brings Oxygen to the brain and heart. Therefore, you will feel light-headed and dizzy. This is an important sign to look out for because most women believe it is no big deal.
#2 – Upper body part
Since our hearts don’t have a lot of nerve endings, it sometimes shares a passage with the nerves of other body parts, and thus, it causes the pain to spread to the jaw, arms, neck, shoulders, and back. Many women described it as there is a large animal (elephant, mostly) sitting on their back.
#3 – Fatigue
After a long stressful day or a sleepless night, it is very normal to feel tired and worn-out. But women with heart attack symptoms feel extremely weak and tired for more than a month before having the heart attack, even if they didn’t do any physical activity.
So if you felt like you have been feeling tired when you don’t really do any effort, then it is best to contact your doctor.
#4 – Sweating
If you are exercising, going through menopause, or the weather is extremely warm, then it is normal to break out cold sweat. But if your body is sweating excessively for no reason then it may be a strong signal of a heart attack because it makes our nervous system very active.
#5 – Nausea
Heart attacks could easily cause nausea to both men and women, but it is most likely to happen to women. It may also feel like you are just getting the flu, especially if it is the flu season (many people made this mistake).
If your nausea is sudden, constant, and not related to food, then it is time to take action. It is important to listen to your body every day in order to be safe!
#6 – Shortness of breath
If exercise, running, or even walking seems harder than usual, then you have to contact your doctor. Every time you do a simple physical activity, you will mostly feel like you just ran up the stairs and you can’t catch a breath. These signs should never be ignored and you have to go to the ER as soon as possible.
All of these symptoms are silent and could be mistaken for other normal things. But it is necessary to always think twice about everything you feel and experience in order to avoid any serious issue in the future.
Be your own hero and save your lives, ladies!