Although there have been numerous studies, it is still somewhat controversial that women’s reported heart attack symptoms are generally different then men’s reported symptoms. As with men, a woman’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience and report some of the other less predictable symptoms, such as:
- unusual fatigue
- sleep disturbances
- weakness in the arms
Research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that women often experience new or different physical symptoms as long as a month or more before experiencing heart attacks.
Regardless of which symptoms you experience, even if you are not sure it is a heart attack, have it checked out. It is also important to call for medical help right away. Five minutes could save your life. Calling 911 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment up to an hour sooner than getting to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance also usually receive faster treatment at the hospital.
Live Free Home Healthcare understands how to properly care for someone with heart disease. To get an in-home care partner in the Concord, New Hampshire area who works seamlessly with physicians to provide the best coordinated, specialized care, contact us today at 603-217-0149.