Hidden Signs of Heart Attack in Women

Women have bigger chances to die from a heart attack instead of other cancer forms. Also they have bigger chances to die of a heart disease than men.

Heart disease is thought to be a “man’s” problem. This is thought by doctors as well, but the statistics show that they are bigger threat to women. It is a lack of awareness and this puts women at even greater risk of a getting a death and heart disease as nobody they do not think about this!

Facts and figures about heart disease

• Every year around 735,000 Americans experience heart attack.
• Heart disease is the number one reason of death in the world. There are 17.3 million deaths every year.
• In the United States, heart disease is the main cause of death among women.
• At this moment there are 43.8 million women that have some kind of heart disease.

Heart attack

Heart attack is damage to the area of the heart that has lack of oxygen. The most common reason for this is the plague in the coronary arteries. Plague is a fatty substance that blocks the vessels which are responsible for delivering nutrients and oxygen in the heart.

Early warning heart attack signs that can easily be missed:

1. Unusual fatigue

Be careful if you experience fatigue frequently and suddenly. If you feel heavy in the chest which is accompanied by fatigue it can be a sign as well.

2. Shortness of breath and sweating

If you have these kinds of symptoms while you rest or if they become worse after you finished exercising you should be careful. If these symptoms come along with chest pain or other symptoms you should visit the doctor.

3. Pain in the chest and other areas

Pain actually warns you that something is wrong and it is not always present in the location of the real problem. Back pain, jaw pain, or pain in one arm can also be a sign of a heart attack.

4. Belching or heartburn

In case you have occasions heartburn after you ate that pizza it is okay. However, if this is something you’ve never experienced before you should consult with your doctor, as in some cases can appear because of blood flow deficiency to the heart.

5. Upset stomach

In some cases the symptoms can be vomiting, nausea or upset of the gastrointestinal tract and this happens mostly among women.

Symptoms which appear more among women while the heart attack is happening:

• Feeling of fullness or squeezing in any chest area;
• Pain in the neck, arm(s), jaw or back which can be sudden or gradual and starts from mild to severe;
• Stomach pressure or pain;
• Nausea;
• Lightheadedness or shortness of breath.

9 tips that can help you to reduce the risk of having a heart attack

Having healthy coronary arteries is very important for avoiding a heart attack. The arteries are damaged by inflammation and toxins and they create an environment that is perfect place for plaque buildup and formation of deadly clots.

These are few prevention measures that can help you:

1. Reduce inflammation using Curcumin

High inflammation is related with increased risk of heart attack and coronary artery disease. Taking supplements that contain curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce the plaque buildup in your arteries.

2. Reduce sugar intake

In one study from 2014 it was shown that people who consumed 10% – 24% of their daily calories from additional sugar actually have a 30% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Consuming sugar can also reduce the good cholesterol and it can increase the triglycerides and this will raise the risk of a heart attack.

3. Fight against oxidative stress using fish oil and vitamin C

Vitamin C is powerful antioxidant and it can protect your arteries. Certain researches say that if you do not take vitamin C you can easily die from a coronary artery disease. You can use fish oil in your diet to be even more protected and this will also dilate the arteries and the blood will pass through easily.

4. Include vitamin K and D in your diet

For maximum protection from a heart attack you should take vitamin D3 supplements, until the blood level reaches 50-80 ng/mL. Also take Vitamin K, because if you do not consume it you can be at risk of artier calcification and a heart attack.

5. Moderate exercise

It is shown that women who have daily exercises have a reduced chance of having a heart attack if compared to women who are inactive. However, if you do a strenuous activity on a daily basis you can have an increased risk. The key is moderate exercising.

6. Meditate

One study from 2012 showed that meditation can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, death, and stroke among people with coronary heart disease. This is not a surprise because meditation can reduce stress and blood pressure as well.

7. Eat more fruits and vegetables

By eating more than 5 servings of vegetables and fruits daily you can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by around 20% compared if you eat less than 3 servings a day.

8. Stop Smoking

Smoking can increase the fibrinogen, which a blood protein which can increase the risk of heart attack and dangerous blood clots. There is good news – if you quit smoking, the fibrinogen levels return to normal in a period of 2 – 3 years.

9. Eat garlic

It is known that garlic can reduce the blood pressure that reduces the risk of a heart attack. If the garlic smell bothers you, go for garlic supplements. And taking a dose of 480 mg minimum in a day is the most effective.

The conclusion

A lot of women are affected by heart disease. However, the good news is that we can all control this. Making healthy lifestyle choices and changes, eating a lot of fruits and vegetables and the adding nutrients that support the health can do wonders. They can reduce the risk of a heart attack and you will feel healthy and have a healthy heart.

Reference:

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