Heart Attack Risk Factors and Warning Signs to Help Save Your Life

Not all Heart Attacks are the Same

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This is not the movies...

HEART ATTACKS. A particularly frightening phrase and an even more terrifying situation to experience. Equally as frightening is the fact that most women believe that heart attacks mostly affect men, when in actuality women account for nearly half of all heart attack deaths. Because of this misguided belief, many women are not familiar with the warning signs that are often experienced moments, hours, days and even weeks before a heart attack occurs, which causes many women to put off seeking medical attention.

When the thought of having a heart attack comes to mind, many think about the classic Hollywood Cinema Heart Attack . On screen, when someone suffers a heart attack, the victim will be in a situation that causes high blood pressure to rise even higher, actors tempers will be lost as well as fear, stress or anger will be the cause sudden chest pain and then a fatal heart attack. Although the visualization of a victim clenching their chest as they gasp for air and hit the ground makes for a captivating Hollywood moment, this is typically not what occurs when real life heart attacks occur.

Women can have different symptoms than a Man

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Pay attention to what your body is saying to you

Real life isn’t usually as dramatic as Hollywood. Most heart attacks come on and progress slowly and are not as sudden as we see them to be in the movies.

As with men, the most common symptom of a heart attack in women is feeling pressure, pain or tightening in your chest as well as shortness of breath. Woman experience a few symptoms of heart attack that are not as common in men. Symptoms that many women experience but all too often ignore as nothing to note or worry about include generalized fatigue and sleep disturbances days and even weeks before the attack occurs. Women and men alike may experience Jaw tightness and discomfort and Back pain. Women are more likely than men to experience dizzy spells, intense headaches, nausea which may or may not be accompanied by vomiting, indigestion and malaise, which is a general or vague feeling of being ill or not quite yourself.

So when is a good time to call your doctor if you believe that you may be suffering a heart attack? NOW… Receiving prompt medical attention is what saves lives and gives heart attack victims futures.

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Heart Disease leads to Heart Attack

If you are at risk for having a heart attack or for heart disease, you should take the time and make the effort to know what the warning signs are for a heart attack. There are some controllable as well as uncontrollable factors which put a person at risk to suffer Heart Disease and/or a Heart Attack. Some of these risk factors are;

-Smoking- smoking puts a person at risk for Heart Disease and Heart Attack, as well as many other diseases and health problems.

-Genetics- unfortunately we can not choose what we inherit and for man Heart Disease is something that runs in the family.

-Cholesterol- Cholesterol plays a big part in your health; your doctor can prescribe medication and give life style changing advice to help you lower your cholesterol.

-Hypertension- which in short is High Blood Pressure. Your doctor can prescribe medication and advise a better diet to reduce High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease.

-Uncontrolled Temper and Anger- Relax don’t give yourself a coronary…literally; find ways to reduce stress to keep your temper at bay.

-Post Menopausal women have a higher risk to experience Heart Disease and Heart Attacks

-Men- Men in general are at greater risk for heart disease and Heart Attacks than women.

-Diabetes and Obesity are both common risk factors for Heart Disease and Heart Attack.

-Age-as we get older our chances of suffering a heart attack or being diagnosed with Heart Disease increase, which is why it is important we take notice that our youth is temporary and taking care of our bodies before problems begin occurring can lessen our risk factors for not only heart disease but many other health issues.

Don't Ignore what Might Be Wrong

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With or Without Warning...No one is Immune.


A Heart Attack is a serious occurrence, and immediate medical care can literally mean the difference between life and death. Although there are risk factors and precautions a person can take to lessen the probability of a Heart Attack, the truth is still; a heart attack can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or genetics.

A heart attack can happen in the heat of a summer day as well as the dead of a winter’s night. You can suffer a Heart Attack during exercise, while relaxing, while driving or while sleeping. Knowing that no one is immune and realizing that knowing and recognizing the warning signs of a heart attack can save your life or the life of someone whom you love.

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chinemeremz 5 years ago

This is a cool DIY tip that I'll recommend for every person.

Got it bookmarked and voted up.

Thanks for sharing!


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Great information H.C Porter. I will print it out and put it on my fridge for referral, thanks


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Nan Mynatt 5 years ago from Illinois

Thanks for the information, we need to pay attention and watch for these signs of a heart attack.


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Veronica Allen 5 years ago from Georgia

Vital, vital information! I think more often then not, we women tend to take so much care of others and forget about what is going on with ourselves. This is a great reminder to get to know our own bodies and take heed when something is amiss.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Super information! My grandmother thought it was heartburn, but it turns out that she was having a heart attack. People need to learn the warning signs, for sure!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

chinemeremz

thanks for your comment- I am glad it was good info for you to take into consideration.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

carrie450

thank for your feedback- I am glad you agree with the purpose of this hub :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

nan

thanks for your feedback-everyone needs to take an active part in their health before their health begins to fail, I am glad that you agree with the reasons I wrote this hub


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Veronica Allen

you are very right---women often ignore themselves to pay attention to others we care for...this is our mistake and we should make sure to listen to what our bodies tell us


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

stephhicks68

i think a lot more people suffer heart attacks than is realized... a scary thought. bottom point is- when you dont feel right- get checked out or you may regret it


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I have always paid attention to signs of a heart attack. So far I've been lucky, but I also try to watch what I eat and I deal with stress as best I can. I can proudly say I have never smoked a cigarette in my life, for whatever that is worth.

Mike


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Such brilliant information - thank you. I shall bookmark this and hope I don't need to refer to it!!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

mike... as always/ thanks for the comment and for reading my work... I appreciate your dedication as a follower of my writing...no matter the subject matter.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

acaetnna

I hope you never need it either :) but still such good info for all of us to have and store in our memories, just in case we need it. thanks for your comment :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

acaetnna

I hope you never need it either :) but still such good info for all of us to have and store in our memories, just in case we need it. thanks for your comment :)


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

What a important hub filled with life-saving info..great job!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Highvoltagewriter

thanks for reading- i am glad you found this article useful, I appreciate your feedback


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SEO Expert Kerala 5 years ago from KERALA

Your hub is really helpful to all of us. Nice guidance provided by you thanks


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

SEO Expert Kerala

thanks so very much for reading and commenting. I am glad I could produce a helpful hub and contribute to the community


Darvon Darvocet Lawsuit 5 years ago

I am conscious when HEART is being talked. I am 54 years old right now. And thanks God I am in hale and hearty. After work I do jogging or walking. It kinda stress reliever or outsource towards stress relief if you do things that can make you sweat. But before you do your exercise better consult your doctor first.

Nice hub' I bookmark this one so that my wife will read this and she will be also aware.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Darvon Darvocet Lawsuit

Thanks... I am glad I could give you some beneficial information...thanks for commenting

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