Heart Attack Signs For UK Business Women
by Jo Shaer, on August 26, 2012
Rosie O'Donnell is in the news today as she talks about surviving her heart attack - and the symptoms she ignored.
Why Women In Business Are At Risk of Heart Attack
As busy female entrepreneurs - or should that be entrepreneuses, entrepreneux?? - it is all too easy to push aside aches in our heads, chests and calves because we just don't have time to deal with them. If we can just get this last thing ticked off our schedule, then we'll call it a day... and maybe have time to address those little niggles.
We have become so driven to achieve success that we forget about the pressure this determination can put on our bodies, particularly when stress is also involved.
Unusual feelings that should be triggering klaxons and alarms are often minimised with an internal shrug and written off as indigestion, 'a minor panic attack' or 'just been sitting too long in the same position'.
But, as Rosie pointed out, they can be indicators of something far more serious - particularly if regular exercise is avoided through lack of time and the extra pounds of excess weight have started to creep on. When she did visit her doctor, Rosie was taken into hospital immediately to have a stent placed in an artery that was almost completely blocked.
The symptoms of a heart attack for a woman are often not as dramatic as those which are accepted for our male counterparts, which is why female cardiac fatalities are increasing - you see, we often just don't notice the warning signs.
Possible Symptoms of Cardiac Arrest for Women
- The main sign of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain but it is not always present for women, hence the rise of the term 'silent heart attack'.
- Sometimes it can feel like an intermittent heavy pressure on the left side of the chest - a bit like heartburn.
- Sudden shortness of breath without exertion should always be checked by your doctor as this is a common indicator of cardiac problems.
- The symptom which is more common for women than men is nausea and vomiting - so, again, this is something that should be checked out.
- Sudden fatigue, often accompanied by muscle weakness - this can be intermittent or last for a few days so is easy to brush off but something women should be aware of.
- Dizziness and feeling light-headed.
- Cold sweats or unexplained or extreme sweating.
- Women have also begun to report sharp, stabbing pains in the neck, back, shoulder, torso, jaw and arms.
Heart Attack Symptoms Action?
Quick action is vital for a successful outcome so you should call an ambulance if you have one or more of these symptoms for more than five minutes.
But what if the symptoms go away? Well, it's still a good idea to get your blood pressure and other vital signs investigated as these minor irritations could be early warning signs of a potentially serious problem waiting to happen.
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