How It Happens A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked due to fatty material building up in the arteries and eventually closing them off. This process is called atherosclerosis , or “hardening of the arteries.” As a result, the heart becomes badly damaged due to tissue death from lack of oxygen. Common Symptoms Chest Pain, usually radiating toward the left shoulder and arm. The arm may be tingling or numb. Nausea, vomiting Cold sweats, shortness of breath and lightheadedness Feeling of indigestion Dizziness, weakness, and fainting Abdominal pain If you believe you are experiencing a heart attack, call 911 or contact your emergency response system immediately. Learn more about heart attack symptoms. Why It Happens There are many contributing factors that can to heart attack. Some factors can be controlled, such as lifestyle choices, including: Cholesterol Blood pressure Exercise Healthy Diet Smoking Controlling other health conditions ...
Lisa Nelson RD #2: For women the signs of a heart attack are more subtle. What should women watch for? If everyone responded to every arm/jaw/chest/indigestion/feeling "not quite right" symptom, they'd never leave the ER!
Dr. Shelby-Lane: The female heart often is misdiagnosed.
True or false: Every year, more women die of heart disease than men.
The answer is true, but if you didn't know it, you're not the only one. In a survey of 500 physicians led by preventative cardiologist Lori Mosca, M.D, Ph.D., less than 20 percent knew the answer.
When it comes to women and heart disease , ignorance can be deadly. The misconception that heart disease is a "man's disease" is the main reason women are misdiagnosed, or receive delayed treatment, when experiencing symptoms of heart disease and even a heart attack .
Consider these findings:
In a recent study at Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 230 physici...
Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women? It is, yet women often attribute signs of heart attack that they have to other conditions that are less life-threatening—conditions such as acid reflux, flu, or simply getting older. Neica Goldberg, M.D., medical director for the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and an American Heart Association volunteer said:
"They do this because they are scared and because they put their families first. There are still many women who are shocked that they could be having a heart attack.”
This Go Red for Women video illustrates Goldberg's statement:
The Signs of Heart Attack in Women:
We've all seen the stereotypical heart attack scenes on television and in movies. You know those scenes - scenes of men clutching their chests and / or arms and collapsing on the ground. What we don't typically see are realistic scenes of heart attack in women. For us, heart attack can ...
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