Warning Signs of a Heart Attack, for both Men and WOMEN.

Heart Attacks are far too Common to ignore.

I was going through my mail the other day, and I picked up an advertisement for one of the hospitals in the area.

Stuck to the inside of the advertisement, was one of those refrigerator magnets that so many other companies include in their advertisement packaging these days.

It's a common thing to find such "throw-away" items included in your magazines and other junk mail. They hope that you, the potential customer, will place it on your fridge for future reference, and maybe even call them to ask about their product.

And, like so many of my fellow junk mail recipients, I peeled the magnet from the magazine page, glanced at it quickly and then I tossed it onto my desk to check out later.

Normally, I would just toss such things into the trash right away, along with most of my junk mail.

But, you see, I do like to have magnets to hold my own notes and other things things to the front of our fridge.

My fridge, like with so many of my friends, holds important information that I need to keep up with. It holds such things as Doctor appointment cards, pictures of our grand-kids, reminders of upcoming events, notes of all kinds, and often just trivial items that I want to be reminded of regularly.

And the fridge is my friend, one that I visit many times a day, as can be attested to by my waistline.

The Human Heart

What an actual human heart looks like.
What an actual human heart looks like. | Source

A Heart Attack on a Plate

A typical Old Country Breakfast plate.
A typical Old Country Breakfast plate. | Source

Heart Disease differences for Women

But, I digress! Again!

The information on the little magnet was interesting enough for me that I went on a binge of Google Searches, that day, on the subject. And what I learned was interesting if not shocking.

I learned that over 500,000 women a year will die from heart disease.

And I also learned that Heart Disease is actually the leading cause of death for women.

In fact, it turns out that the ACTUAL top-five leading causes of death in women are;

  • Heart Disease 36%
  • Breast Cancer 4%
  • Unspecified Cancer 3%
  • Ovarian/Uterine Cancer 2%
  • AIDS 1%

And, I learned during my web searches that day, that many times, when women do have a heart attack, they are often treated differently because of misconceptions by the medical profession on how women actually exhibit signs of heart disease.

A Useful Fridge Magnet on Heart Attack Signs

Later that day, I picked the magnet up and checked it out to determine if it deserved a spot on my Fridge with my other magnets.

It turned out to be a table of the Common Signs of Heart Attacks for both Men as well as for Women.

Being a male, I have had the typical signs beat into my head over the years and so often that even a dullard like myself knew them.

I guess what caught my eye was the fact that there were not only a number of different and more subtle signs of having a heart attack, for WOMEN, but I had no clue about several of them.

I showed it to my wife and she said; Silly, Of Course I know these!

So, I decided to give her a little impromptu quiz.

I asked her which if the symptoms were for men and which were for women. Let's just say that by the time we finished my quiz, she had done so badly, that I ended up in the doghouse for several hours.

OK, don't ask, its one of those Mars and Venus traps that I and so many other men fall into, even after years of marriage.

I still don't know how it became my fault that she didn't know these important signs of a Heart Attack for Women.

I am not quite sure, but it probably resulted from my making fun of her not knowing.

Who Knows!

Share the chart of Heart Attack Signs

So, after a little more thought, I decided that this was a pretty important magnet to have on my Fridge.

In fact, I took care to place it at eye level, for my wife, sh=o that she would see it often. And possibly remember this important information.

So, below, I have included a simple table similar to my new Fridge magnet that lists the Common Signs of Heart Attack for both MEN and for WOMEN.

It would behoove all of us to learn and understand its important message..

I know it isn't a nice Fridge Magnet like mine, but you might want to print and cut this table out and then place it on your FRIDGE with another magnet.

Who knows, it could save your life!

Signs of HEART ATTACK for MEN and WOMEN

SYMPTOM
MEN
WOMEN
Pain in one or both Arms, Neck, Jaw, Back or Stomach
X
X
Shortness of Breath
X
X
Dizziness or Light Headedness
X
X
Breaking Out in a Cold Sweat
X
X
Uncomfortable Pressure, Fullness, Pain or Discomfort in the chest
X
X
Abdominal Discomfort
X
 
Overwhelming or Unusual Fatigue
 
X
Nausea and Vomiting
 
X
This table lists what are considered the most Common Symptoms of Heart Attacks and if a person has these symptoms or if they are still unsure they should immediately consult their physician or even go to an Emergency Room of assistance.

Activity and Heart Monitors are a popular personal tool

It's hard to go anywhere and not see someone who is wearing one of the new wristband Activity and Heart Monitors.

Some do just this and sync with your Smartphone,to provide you with not only your heart rate statistics.

The great thing with most of these great health tools is that they also will monitor and store the number of steps you take each day and how active you are while you sleep.

All of this data is synced with your Smartphone, and presented to you so that you can control your activity and improve your health, at your pace and in your own way.

And, if you add to this the fact that you can decide to allow the manufacturer will provide you with a varied series of information emails designed to aid you in getting better control of your lifestyle. Advice on eating habits, diet and even custom exercise programs are available to you if you wish to use them in your personal health toolbox.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Heart Attack Signs for Women

Female Signs of a Heart Attack, by the DOCTORS

© 2013 Don Bobbitt

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great introduction. I'm big on intros and always notice the good ones.

Such valuable information. I'm just about to hit 65 and you better believe I know the signs of a heart attack. :)


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heidithorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

Don, with all the emphasis on breast cancer, so many overlook that heart disease is the biggest killer disease of women! Thanks for spreading the word. Voted up and shared!


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Don this is great. We learn and knowledge prevents bad things. On a lighter note -- I had all the symptoms while my wife was nagging me,,, tried to give them back and she just laughed.

Then I laughed and our boy laughed.

I truly believe that our best remedy is taking life a little less seriously. All healthy here and thanks for the check up Don.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Ericdierker- Funny Man! But, really, you are right, we do need to lighten up. A Lot!

I tend to look for Sunsets at Tiki Bars, myself.

Don


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A very useful hub Don. We should all know these symptoms, especially at our ages.

Thanks to your little magnet, I enjoyed your introduction.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Rosemary50- I hope this table of symptoms makes the rounds to women everywhere. An Men of course, but for some reason,often neither women or most of the medical profession believe that a women is having a heart attack, when in fact they really are.

As I mentioned, Heart Disease is the number one cause of deaths in Women.

Thanks for the comment,

DON


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janetwrites 3 years ago from Georgia country

Thank you for sharing this very informative and useful hub. It's good to know these symptoms as they may vary from person to person and even young people like me may get a heart attack.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

janetwrites- Thanks for the read and the comment of support.

I just want this to get out there, especially to our younger Hubbers.

DON


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fivesenses 3 years ago from new delhi

Pretty useful...women are as much at risk as most men nowadays..thanks for the information.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

fivesenses- Thanks for the comment and the read. I hope the information on the article is of some use.

DON


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I have had two heart attacks it will be 30 years ago in Dec. Two years ago I was feeling warn out. My heart was not doing good so I had to go in and have two stents put in, I had pain in my left ear and I had pain in the upper part of my stomach that felt like it did when I had gallbladder pain.

My first heart attacks I had pain in my jaw, my back, shortness of breath, very tired, pain in my left thumb and pain in my left arm. I never had chest pain. It was very hard to get the doctors to understand I was sick and knew it but they wouldn't listen. I finally had the heart attack in a new doctor's office even after they got me to the hospital they still didn't think it was a heart attack.

Voted up


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Alphadogg16 3 years ago from Texas

Very well written and informative hub Don Bobbitt, many people are unaware of the symptoms of cardiac arrest, thumbs up on our hub.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

moonlake- The more people I talk to the more I am convinced that there are no "typical symptoms" for Heart Disease. Oh, many people do experience the ones listed and memorized by nearly everyone, but so many of us are not "Normal" and we all, especially the women need to be listened to when we explain OUR symptoms.

Thanks for the read,

DON


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Alphadogg16- Thanks for the read and comment on my article.

I just hope more people read the facts and it actually helps someone.

Thanks again,

DON


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ARUN KANTI 2 years ago from KOLKATA

A superb introduction! If you go through my hubs you will notice I have always resorted to a good introduction. Thank you very much for a very informative article.

Arun


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Arun- I appreciate the read and the compliment.

I hope the article proves useful, at least mentally, if you ro someone close to you ever suffers from the symptoms listed.

Thanks again, DON


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peachpurple 17 months ago from Home Sweet Home

Healthy diet and exercise are important


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Don Bobbitt 17 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

peachpurple- You are so right. And even though I do try to do these things every day, it is still important to know the symptoms, yourself.

My health over the years has been put in danger by the very Doctors treating me, several times. So, I self-educate and I question everything they tell me.

My perspective is; if a Doctor makes a small mistake it can be of greater consequence to me than him.

He gets to move on to his next patient, I get to suffer, and even scarier, possibly Die.

There is a long story here, but I won't go into it, now.

Don

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