Heart Attacks in Women

Heart attacks in women are just as common as heart attacks in men. However, studies have shown that the early heart attack symptoms in women are different compared to the warning signs in men.

The normal heart rate for a woman at rest is between 60 and 80. The normal heart rate for a man at rest is between 50 and 70.

The National Institute of Health performed a study and found that a large majority of women have the symptoms as far as a month in advance before the actual heart attack. The early signs of females heart attacks are unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, shortness of breath, indigestion, and anxiety. Women are also likely to experience nausea and dizziness.

During a heart attack, other than those signs mentioned above, most women will feel weak and experience cold sweat. Men normally do not experience weakness or unusual fatigue as has been reported in women. Men who have had a heart attack reported experiencing severe chest pain and pain in the arm before the onset of the attack. Many women who have experienced a heart attack said they did not have any chest pain during any part of the attack.

These women did not know they were actually having a heart attack when the event took place. This is because they attributed the heart attack symptoms as normal aches and pains.

One of the leading causes of heart attacks in women is heart disease. Depression also increases the risk for women, in fact twice as much in women than men. Family history is also one of the risk factors.

According to the Mayo Clinic, women are six times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer. Female heart attacks occur in all age groups. Although heart disease is the leading cause of death in women over the age of 65, it is the third leading cause of death in women between the ages of 25 and 44.

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