Signs & Symptoms of Heart Disease
Heart disease kills more women than men every year and presents itself differently in women, so diligent attention to these signs and symptoms by women and their physicians is very important. Diagnosis of heart disease presents a greater challenge in women than in men. Heart disease can begin in women before menopause and not present any noticeable, recognizable symptoms. Some heart attacks are intense and recognizable, but most attacks begin slowly, with mild discomfort. Women should look for the following signals.
Don’t wait. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call 911 immediately.
Heart Disease Signs & Symptoms Specific to Women
- Chest Discomfort
- Burning or Mild to Severe Pressure in the Center of Your Chest
- Upper Body Discomfort in One or Both Arms, Back, Neck, Jaw or Stomach
- Shortness of Breath, With or Without Chest Discomfort
- Dizziness, Lightheadedness or Fainting
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Cold Sweats
- Feelings of Anxiety, Fatigue, or Weakness - Unexplained or on Exertion
Stroke occurs when blood vessels supplying oxygen to the brain clog or rupture.
Stroke Warning Signs
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
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