A heart attack is characterized by a total arterial obstruction that prevents oxygen-rich blood flow from reaching the myocardium. If it turns out to be sudden and sudden, it is not without warning signs that you have to be able to spot. Many people mistakenly believe that infarction mainly affects men. Yet almost a third of women are said to suffer from cardiovascular disease. Here are the signs they should pay attention to.
It is difficult to know when a heart attack may occur, especially as the symptoms differ between the sexes. But, it is important to stay tuned to your body in order to detect its warning signs:
1. Respiratory disorders
These are shortness of breath and shortness of breath that can occur during very simple activities that would not normally get you tired. It can also be felt at rest while sitting or lying down.
2. Excessive sweating
If the body is sweating excessively and sweating profusely for no apparent reason, it could be linked to a cardiovascular disorder. According to Harvard Health Publishing, this symptom is often overlooked but is an important sign to take to a doctor.
3. Sleep disturbances
According to France TV Info, almost 80% of adults affected by sleep apnea are not aware of it, and it would greatly increase the risk of cardiovascular disorders. Sleep apnea, Dr. Assyag said, would cause consecutive breathing stops that, in the case of a coronary patient, could result in cardiac arrest. A sign that women tend to ignore, especially during pregnancy or menopause.
4. Intense fatigue
If despite a healthy lifestyle and regular physical activity, fatigue and a feeling of weakness suddenly appear, medical advice is needed to determine the origin.
5.Pressure on the chest
If men experience generally throbbing pain in the chest, women are more prone to heaviness and pressure at the same level. As the president of the French cardiology federation explains, “pain in the chest radiating the left arm and jaw, typical in men, is absent in women in around 40% of cases”.
According to Dr. Uzan, sports cardiologist, palpitations are to be watched because they could be indicative of heart disease. He also stressed that these should never be considered “normal” and should always be the subject of consultation.
7. Feeling unwell or nausea:
Nausea is also considered a symptom that should not be overlooked, especially if it is followed by vomiting. In addition, discomfort or dizziness may be associated with heart risks.
8. Pain in the neck, shoulders, and back:
The pain between the shoulder blades and more generally in the shoulders and back often causes a burning sensation. A nurse in testimony in an article relayed by Ouest-France. Before the cardiac arrest, she would have felt a pain similar to that of a muscle tear “crossing her upper back, shoulder blades and also both arms”.
9. A migraine aura:
According to the French Society for the Study of Migraines and Headache, we speak of an aura to designate the neurological symptoms that appear before the headache. They are usually visual and may be accompanied by bright flashes or blurred vision.
According to Dr. Souvik Sen, neurologist, and author of a study on the link between migraines and cardiac risks, it is essential to consult when it occurs. The doctor will then take into account the risk factors for infarction, such as blood pressure, diabetes, smoking or high cholesterol, among other factors.