People do not usually think of heart diseases as disease which affects women, as much as they do to man. However, it is the main killer of women for the past 25 years. Men have a higher risk of heart disease at a younger age than women, while the risk for women increases after menopause.

People generally have a misconception that heart attacks are mostly intense and sudden, but the truth is most heart attacks start slowly with a little discomfort and a mild pain. The early symptoms of heart disease are similar in men and women.

The following are some of the signs that warn about a possible heart attack:

  1. In most cases, a person who suffers a heart attack feels an unusual discomfort at the middle of chest, it is somewhat like something blocking your windpipe. This feeling may lasts as less as few seconds or as long as few minutes. This discomfort is often seen as a regular visitor to the patient and is often experienced.

  2. It may feel like a compression, swelling, or pain. Men often experience tightness in the chest, arm pain and shortness of breath. The symptoms of women may resemble those of men.

  3. Symptoms related to heart attack may include pain or discomfort in both right and left arms, around the neck, shoulder, back, or stomach.

  4. You can also experience shortness of breath. This can happen whether or not there is chest pain.

  5. Feeling cold, sudden sweating and dizziness are some common symptoms of heart attack for both men and women.

  6. For some unknown reason, woman also feels some symptoms that are often missing in men, like nausea, shortness of breath, vomiting, back pain, jaw pain, anxiety and vertigo.

Heart attacks are emergencies which put many lives at risk: every second counts.

Recognizing and treating a heart attack immediately improves your chances of survival. If you suspect that you or someone close to you has any symptoms of heart attack or stroke, do not waste time, ask for help immediately!