After discussion with my niece a day later, I realized I had symtoms of having a heart attack. I am female, was so tired I couldn't move, was sick to my stomach and having what seemed like indigestion. Since time has past, I have not gone to the hospital. I've noticed that I'm still clinching my teeth and still having heart burn. Is this still signs that a heart attack could be lingering?
The whole disease is poorly understood in women, from the expression of the symptoms all the way down to some of the basic mechanisms. The disease has a very broad spectrum, and more men are at one side and more women are at the other side.
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NEWS FOR WOMEN: Heart Attack Symptoms May Be Different Than You Think - 11/9/01
It is reported that many females experience warning signs/symptoms a month or two in advance. In descending order of occurrence, they are unusual tiredness or fatigue, sleep disturbance, dyspnea, indigestion, anxiety, racing heart and weak/heavy arms. During actual heart attacks, symptoms reported in females, in descending order were dyspnea, weakness, unusual fatigue, cold sweat, dizziness, nausea and weak/heavy arms. _ . _
"Heart disease is by far the number one killer of women in America. Every year, it takes the lives of half a million women, many had no prior symptoms and many others had symptoms that were unrecognized or undiagnosed."
- Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine/Cardiology, Weill Medical College, Cornell University
Women & Coronary Artery Disease
60% of women who die suddenly (sudden cardiac death) from CAD have no previous symptoms. Women are less likely to notice they have a heart problem. Women with heart disease often have symptoms different from men, instead of classic chest pain or pressure (angina pectoris), they may report dyspnea, fatigue, indigestion and anxiety. Making an accurate diagnosis of heart disease in women is often more challenging than it is in men.
Good to know, for the primary/secondary prevention of heart attack and brain attack
Epidemiologic studies have revealed risk factors (encompasses some new, novel or emerging) for atherosclerosis, which includes age, gender, genetics (gene deletion, malfunction or mutation) , diabetes (considered as being the highest risk factor), smoking (includes second/thirdhand), inactivity, obesity (a global epidemic, "globesity"), high blood pressure (hypertension), Low HDL (now questionable, according to recent studies) high LDL, small, dense LDL, RLP (remnant lipoprotein), high Lp(a), high ApoB, high Lp-PLA2, high triglycerides, HDL2b, high homocysteine (now questionable), and high C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP).
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Thanks for all the good information. I did go to the ER and was checked out. Thank God it was not a heart attack. Since this was the second time I have had these symtoms, I have scheduled an appt to undergo further testing to figure out what is causing this.
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