Would you recognise the signs of a heart attack if you were having one?
What if we told you that the stereotypical clutch-at-the-heart chest pain isn’t the only way a heart attack looks or feels – especially in women? In fact, some women don’t even have chest pain at all.
Heart disease isn’t just a man’s disease. In fact it is one of the leading killers of Australian women, claiming 24 lives every day. Nearly three times more women will die of heart disease than breast cancer, says the National Heart Foundation – but most women are not aware of this.
Even more worrying, there are real concerns that women with heart disease are getting a raw deal. They’re often diagnosed later and are only half as likely to receive proper treatment in an Australian hospital as men.
So what can you do? Well to start with, find out if you’re at risk. Don’t put it off a visit to your GP to find out things like your cholesterol levels, blood pressure and to discuss your family history.
Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack can save your life, and many of these may not involve any chest pain. Instead, dizziness, breathlessness, fatigue, back, neck or jaw pain, and palpitations can occur – symptoms that are very non-specific and are often misdiagnosed or passed off as panic attacks.
Pick up the August issue of Healthy Food Guide to learn more, plus find out 10 ways you can lower your heart attack risk.