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The Warning Signs of a Heart Attack, for Both Men and Women.

Updated on January 26, 2021
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I am a kidney transplant recipient and a diabetic of 20+ years. I live well by managing my foods and keeping up with the technology.

Heart Attacks are 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, stuck inside your magazines and other junk mail. The hope is 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 use a number of these free magnets to hold my own notes, pictures and other things onto the front of my fridge.

My fridge, like with so many of my friends, is my personal showcase for such things that I feel I need to keep up with. If i get a doctor appointment card, or a picture of my grandchildren, onto the fridge it goes. Even trivial things like a good cartoon will reside there for a while before it makes its eventual trip to the trash.

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

Women and Heart Disease

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 now 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 also 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.

Fitbit Activity and Heart Rate Monitor

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Wristband, Pink
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Wristband, Pink
I purchased one of these to keep up with my heart rate when I started my new exercise regimen. It was cheapand it worked well.

Signs of a Heart Attack, on my Fridge

I mention all of this because later that day, I did pick the magnet up and when I checked it out, I felt 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, it's 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!

Cardiac Recovery Cookbook

The Cardiac Recovery Cookbook: Heart Healthy Recipes for Life After Heart Attack or Heart Surgery
The Cardiac Recovery Cookbook: Heart Healthy Recipes for Life After Heart Attack or Heart Surgery
I purchased this book when I was told I had a blood clot in one leg, and along with a new exercise program, I ate a lot of the foods as I eventually got rid of the clot, the healthy way.

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!


Pain in one or both Arms, Neck, Jaw, Back or Stomach
Shortness of Breath
Dizziness or Light Headedness
Breaking Out in a Cold Sweat
Uncomfortable Pressure, Fullness, Pain or Discomfort in the chest
Abdominal Discomfort
Overwhelming or Unusual Fatigue
Nausea and Vomiting

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

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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