Symptoms of Heart Attack In Women


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Heart attacks are still considered to be diseases for men, but women can also get a heart attack. But many women who do not realize it so it is rarely detected. Recognize the symptoms of a heart attack in women.

Research conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that women often experience symptoms a month or more before finally getting a heart attack.

Among the 515 women studied, as much as 95 percent say they only learned different symptoms after one month before a heart attack or Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI).

“Unfortunately, many women who do not know that the symptoms experienced are signs of a heart attack, because the symptoms can be significantly different from men,” said C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, president of the American College of Cardiology’s Prevention and Cardiovascular Diseases Committee,  as quoted from Medicinenet, Friday (2/4/2010).

Based on the research it is found that about less than 30 percent of women experience chest pain or a sense of discomfort before a heart attack, and as many as 43 percent did not experience chest pain during a heart attack phase. But most doctors still consider chest pain as a symptom of a heart attack that is important to both men and women.

“It is increasingly clear that the symptoms experienced by women are unpredictable like man. This show the importance of awareness in both of the woman or her doctor about the symptoms that can lead to heart attacks,” said Patricia A Grady, PhD, RN, director of NINR (National Institute of Nursing Research).

Patricia added it is important not to miss an opportunity as early as possible to prevent or reduce the AMI, because until now AMI is still the first cause of  death in men and women.

Before a heart attack, there are several symptoms that are usually experienced by women, namely:

1. Unusual fatigue (experienced by approximately 70 percent of women)
2. Sleep disorders (experienced by approximately 48 per cent)
3. Shortness of breath (experienced by approximately 42 per cent)
4. Digestive disorders (experienced by about 39 per cent)
5. Fear (experienced by approximately 35 percent).

When a heart attack occurs there are several symptoms which commonly accompanies the heart attack, namely:

1. Shortness of breath (experienced by approximately 58 per cent)
2. Weak (experienced by approximately 55 per cent)
3. Unusual fatigue (experienced by approximately 43 per cent)
4. Cold Sweat (experienced by approximately 39 per cent)
5. Dizziness (experienced by approximately 39 percent).

Women who dies because of a heart attack usually do not realize the symptoms which arise. For that reason, one should recognize the symptoms of heart attacks which occur in women because the disease can affect anyone regardless of gender.