Heart Attack Symptoms Women Over 50

 

When it comes to your health, there are certain symptoms that people experience but do not really think anything of Some people experience certain signs or symptoms and think that they aren’t a big deal. For example, when nauseous you would probably just assume you’re hungrily or ate something bad right. But when you have “Nauset” these symptoms can stem from the fact that your heart is not pumping properly which will then cause symptoms such as a headache, muscle aches, and nausea.

A heart attack happens when the pool of damaged (damaged) blood in your body starts to clot. Your heart sends signals to your brain indicating that it needs more blood. The brain’s response is to pump more blood to the affected area. But if there isn’t enough blood flowing to supply the needed amount of oxygen, toxins and cells start dying off causing pain and other symptoms as well. That’s what happens in a heart attack.

Having a heart attack will not only leave you with permanent symptoms but it’s also one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, one out of every four people dies from a heart attack. And don’t call it a “heart attack” because that does not describe what is actually going on; it’s just a colloquialism used to define what is going on in your body.

The symptoms of a heart attack are very similar to other diseases since an increase in pressure within the blood vessels is caused by another problem causing an area of injury and inflammation. It is estimated that 80% of heart attacks are caused by a clot. The average person who experiences a heart attack will have one or more of the following symptoms:

You may suffer from severe chest pain, which is usually felt in the center of the breastbone. This, as well as other types of chest pain, can indicate a heart attack. Other symptoms might include:

* Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing.

* Pain during physical activity. (Exercise can help raise your body’s oxygen supply).

* Feeling faint or dizzy when standing up quickly (called “syncope”).

* Disorientation (unable to think clearly).

Of course, some people may experience more than one or two of these symptoms, and others none at all. If you feel any of these symptoms or even if you have been feeling a little off lately, do not delay in contacting your doctor if you are over the age of 50. In this situation, it could be the result of a heart attack.

Women over the age of 50 have an increased risk for a heart attack, specifically women between the ages of 55-65 years old. The increased risk for heart attack among women is caused by hormones, the aorta, and the body’s response to stress. The heart is most affected by this as it requires more stress and exercise to maintain its function.

The main culprit of a heart attack among women is something called atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. This occurs when cholesterol gets clogged in the arteries which cause those small vessels to narrow. This leads to chest pain and other symptoms that are similar to a heart attack. Women over the age of 50 have an increased incidence of atherosclerosis. This is the main cause of a heart attack in women.

Secondly, no matter what the reason is there are certain symptoms that are actually very common in women over 50. At one time or another nearly everyone has suffered from headaches and nausea. Most people would think that these are normal any discomfort but for those who experience Nauset, these symptoms can point to something more serious such as a heart attack.

There are three main causes of a heart attack: atherosclerosis, thrombosis, and coronary artery disease (CAD). Atherosclerosis is the most common cause among women over 50 and accounts for 80% of heart attacks among them. This is the beginning of the disease and occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries. Plaque is a soft substance that causes narrowing of the arteries, which narrows the vessels and stops enough blood from flowing through them to supply your heart and body with sufficient oxygen.

The next step in the disease process is when clots form, which can block blood flow to your heart or an artery. Clots are formed due to injury within the walls of blood vessels. This causes a blockage that will lead to symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, or fainting spells. You may also experience symptoms such as:

* Palpitations or rapid heartbeat (This happens more often for older people. Palpitations is a condition that can be caused by anxiety or stress. The heart beats faster and harder, which could be the cause of vomiting and nausea).

* Fatigue (also common in older people).

* Chest pain. (This occurs when the heart muscle doesn’t get enough blood or oxygen). The chest pain may feel like pressure, squeezing or tightness is usually on the left side of the chest but it can also extend to the right as well. This pain can be accompanied by some of these symptoms: shortness of breath, nausea and fainting.

There are other symptoms that you would experience such as weakness in your arms and legs if your left ventricle has been affected. These symptoms include:

* Sudden loss of vision.

* Uncontrollable sweating (saliva, hands and feet).

* Severe stomach pain. (This is often the first symptom experienced by women. The pain can be felt on one side and is usually next to the breastbone or in the upper abdomen).

 

Things to Avoid


The following are some of the things that should be avoided in order to avoid getting a heart attack or maintaining healthy coronary arteries:


1. Smoking.

2. Losing Interest in Life.

3. Heavy Drinking

4. Taking Certain Drugs (including those for high cholesterol or high blood pressure)

5. Too much Stress

6. Flossing Your Teeth While Eating

7. Eating Too Much

8. Staring at the Television for a Long Time

9. Unnecessary Stress in Your Environment (ex: loud music, etc.)

10. Obesity (a body mass index or BMI of 30 or above)

 

If you have any types of symptoms please call your doctor. It’s always best to ere on the side of caution.

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