Heart Problem Symptoms For Women

Heart problem symptoms for women are different than they are for men-but just as dangerous. Did you know that 1 of every 3 women die of a heart attack? According to The American Heart Association that’s 1 woman every minute!

February is American Heart Month and I just couldn’t let the month escape without a reminder to my NanaHood friends about the importance of heart health.

Just What Are The Symptoms Women Should Watch For

According to the Cleveland Clinic here are some symptoms women shouldn’t ignore.

1. Beyond Tired

  • You are unexpectedly worn out after your usual exercise routine.
  • You aren’t exercising hard, but have a “heavy” feeling in your chest.
  • Although you feel exceptionally tired, you also experience sleep disturbance.

2. Shortness of breath and sweating

  • Breathlessness that continues to worsen over time after exertion
  • Shortness of breath that worsens when lying down and improves when propping up
  • “Stress” sweat (cold, clammy feeling) when there is no real cause for stress
  • Sweating or shortness of breath accompanied by other symptoms such as chest pain or fatigue

3. Unexplained Pain

  • Women, in particular, can have pain in either arm — not just the left one like many men.
  • Pain in the lower or upper back often starts in the chest and spreads to these areas.
  • The pain is sometimes sudden, not due to physical exertion, and can wake you up at night.
  • You may feel pain that is specific to the left, lower side of the jaw.

Lifestyle Changes You Should Make If You Haven’t Already

This one is a given-if you smoke, get rid of those cigarettes now. There’s more than enough medical proof that smoking is a bad choice and will effect your health in a multitude of ways.

  • Manage your blood sugar
  • Get your blood pressure under control
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Know your families heart history
  • Exercise
  • If you are overweight, lose it.
  • Change your diet to include more healthy foods and less fast food and junk food.
  • None of these are easy if they are things you aren’t doing already, but that doesn’t mean you can’t change. Find a friend or family member who needs to change the same habit and work on it together. Keep a journal and detail your progress. Talk to you doctor about changes you need to make and then report back to him at your next visit. All those things can keep you focused. 
  • All women can use a reminder of heart problem symptoms for women , please share this post with them. It might just save their life!

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  1. Although I’m not a woman – this is great info – thanks for sharing! : )

  2. teresak 27 Feb, 2017

    Thanks, Charles and it’s good information for men and for women!

  3. good tips. All these things may make the difference (early enough to get help)

  4. Good post and very informative, I had a heart attack in 2001 was caused through having Diabetes that I didn’t know of, I had 4 stents put in.

    Thanks for highlighting the symptoms 🙂

  5. Thanks for this message. It’s important to know the symptoms and preventative actions.

  6. teresak 27 Feb, 2017

    Thanks Linda!

  7. teresak 27 Feb, 2017

    So glad you are okay now. Hope you are taking good care of yourself!

  8. teresak 27 Feb, 2017

    Thanks, Lydia. I appreciate you visiting and commenting.

  9. So easy to miss the first signs and symptoms and this is a great reminder

  10. Thanks for listing the symptoms of a heart attack in woman. It is not well known that the symptoms for men and women are different. I think most people know the symptoms of a heart attack in men

  11. What a great and important post. Thanks for sharing this info. Everybody needs to know it.

  12. Such an important message for all women to learn and know the signs of a heart attach.

  13. Teresa, got your comment. Sorry.

  14. Thank you for sharing this vitally important information. We can never hear it often enough.

  15. Those are great tips to watch out for. Thanks for the awareness.

  16. teresak 2 Mar, 2017

    Thanks Teresa!