Women Heart Attack Symptoms

As of 2013, over 1,290,000 American women have died due to complications of cardiac diseases and to break it down further, over 623 females alone died in 103 (CDC).

Etiology

When oxygen-rich blood is compromised and cannot reach the heart, due to a blockage, then a myocardial infarction is inevitable. CHD (coronary heart disease) is related to plaque buildup in the coronary arteries (supplies heart with oxygen-rich blood) also known as atherosclerosis. When a piece of the plaque breaks off, it can potentially cause a blood clot to form on the artery wall. The plaque hardens and causes the blood flow to be restricted, which basically means that oxygen-rich blood will have difficulty making its way to the heart muscle.

Symptoms

  • Angina (chest pain)
  • Pressure and tightness in the chest
  • Indigestion symptoms (heart burn)
  • Arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat)
  • Chest pain radiating up to the neck, jaw, and around to the back and upper back area.
  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Diaphoresis (excessive sweating)
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

Risk Factors

  • Tobacco Smoking
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Obesity
  • Hyperlipidemia (high LDL cholesterol levels)
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Family History of Cardiac Disease