Heart Attack

All Women Need To Know These Unusual Signs Of Female Heart Attacks

Written By REBECCA ENDICOTT

We all know that heart attacks are a major medical danger, but did you know that a female heart attack might look totally different from a male heart attack?

Heart attacks impact 1.5 million Americans every year, killing roughly half a million.

There are definitely risk factors for heart attack — like high body weight, high cholesterol, diabetes, and age — but heart attacks can also impact people who have no signs or risk factors at all.

Some forms of heart attack, like SCAD, affect healthy young people. Others masquerade as indigestion or heartburn.

In fact, heart attacks are masters of disguise, and can manifest with dramatic differences from person to person.We tend to think of a heart attack as a condition that impacts men more than women, but that simply isn’t the case.

The fact of the matter is that heart disease (including a female heart attack) is the leading cause of death in women of all ages and ethnicities. When heart attacks strike women, they tend to look dramatically different from the same disease in men.

What Is A Heart Attack?

<u>What Is A Heart Attack?</u>

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Every year in the United States, 1.5 million people suffer from heart attacks. About one third of these heart attacks will result in death.

Everyone knows that a heart attack makes your heart stop working, but most people don’t know exactly what happens to your heart and blood vessels during an attack.

In most cases, a heart attack is brought on when a coronary artery (one of the main arteries supplying blood to the heart) is blocked with plaque or a clot. This cuts off oxygen-rich blood flow to the heart and the rest of the body in turn. It also causes damage to the heart itself, because the organ is starved of oxygen.

Some heart attacks are brought on by aneurysm or coronary artery dissection as well.

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