Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Each year, more than a million people experience a heart attack. Four hundred thousand will die. Fortunately, if you seek early medical help, the prognosis for recovery is good. More than 90 percent of those visiting the emergency room for a heart attack can be treated successfully. Learning how to identify the early warning signs can save your life.
A heart attack occurs, in most cases, when a vessel supplying the heart muscle with blood and oxygen becomes completely blocked. The vessel has become narrowed by a slow buildup of fatty deposits, made up mostly of cholesterol.
When a clot occurs in this narrowed vessel, it completely blocks the supply of blood to the heart muscle. That part of the muscle will begin to die if the individual does not immediately seek medical attention.
“Mom, I think you’re having a heart attack.”
“Do I look like the type of person who has a heart attack?”
Elizabeth Banks is known for her comedic acting style, but as a heart attack survivor, she acknowledges there’s nothing funny about heart disease. Maybe you can connect with her character in this entertaining short video she produced to educate women about signs of a heart attack.
Females, and sometimes the elderly, do not show the classic heart attack signs. Women often complain of vague pain in the lower back along with indigestion. Any pain or discomfort in the torso combine with nausea should be taken seriously.
Heart attack symptoms in women can be different and include the following: