After years of aggressive marketing efforts on behalf of womens’ health advocates and organizations, the long-held misconception of heart disease as being a predominantly male issue is beginning to fade.
The widely understood concept of an actual heart attack and the process in which it manifests is perhaps still a little behind the times however.
When you think of the term, heart attack, or cardiac arrest, what sort of image pops into your head? It’s most likely a man, experiencing a sudden onslaught of pain that takes over his whole body in a moment. His face registers agony as he clutches his chest and is no longer able to stand. A horrific occurrence which no one should have to endure for sure, but it is not the whole story.
For women, the process is infinitely more subtle and therefore harder to detect. Whereas men experience extreme tightening of the chest, for women it has been described as more of a discomfort. This is followed by flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, dizziness, difficulty breathing and even insomnia.
What it boils down to is this:
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States today. It is a deadly and widespread disease with common, nondescript symptoms that are easily and very often ignored.
By the time a woman seeks treatment it is often too late.
Consider the times (like these,) when the flu virus is rampant. It’s no surprise that heart disease in so many women goes undetected.
Their extensive line of products also includes some really smart devices such as this Body Tone Heart Rate Monitor.
Customizable preset functioning allows for individualized and thus more accurate readings.
No matter how it’s done, it’s crucial to know the symptoms and the signs of heart disease and to be pro-active about your health and the health of those around you.
Top 5 Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women
2. Shortness of Breath
3. Indigestion, Upper Abdominal Pain or Nausea
4. Jaw or Throat Pain
5. Arm Pain (Especially the left arm)