Women Don’t Take Heart Attacks Seriously

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The other day I overheard two older men talking.

They were sitting at the table behind me and were discussing health matters between them and their families.

One thing that one man said really made me think.

He said, “Women don’t take heart attacks seriously”

I was very close to turning around and joining the conversation, but I didn’t. If you know me, this was hard to do as I had a lot to say but I didn’t. Yes, I was very good.

Symptoms of a heart attack in women are different than men.   As a busy woman, mother and person to everyone it is so difficult to keep a check on your health too.

Unexplained fatigue can be a symptom of a heart attack. Might be hard to figure out if you are constantly fatigued as a sleep deprived mum.

Unexplained fatigue can be a symptom of a heart attack. Might be hard to figure out if you are constantly fatigued as a sleep deprived mum.

I really wanted to tell these men that women generally overlook symptoms as something else. Women are busy and try to power on, and therefore end up having a heart attack when they had no idea.

It’s not that women don’t take heart attacks seriously its the fact that they believe they are too young, it will not happen, they have other symptoms and therefore think that there is no way it could be a heart attack.

Suddenly feeling sick and dizzy you might assume that you are getting the flu, need more sugar, should have drunk more water or not skipped lunch. Experiencing a heart attack if you were suddenly nauseous and dizzy would not be something I would entertain, but these are real symptoms.

In fact, more women die of heart attacks than men.

Some symptoms from WebMD that women having a heart attack can experience:

  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Unexplained fatigue or weakness
  • Stomach or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath

The Heart Foundation has a list of symptoms for men and women, Check them out to make sure you are aware.

Yes looking after your health to care for others is super important, actually hugely important.  However, mums are usually the last on the list.

Lately, I’ve noticed a few things that I was getting worried about. I made sure to see the doctor, get bloods done, and other things checked.

If you notice anything different please get it checked.

Skin, boobs, lack of vitamins (Being low on vitamin D can make you upset and depressed), diet, oh and get your poo checked to ensure all is good if you notice any difference in your bowel movements.

My tests have come back okay, well the bloods did.

Keep well and look after you.

 

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