Pain in the upper body – Unusual or sudden pain in the upper body. Women may experience pain or discomfort in the neck, jaw, or back.
Other symptoms of a heart attack in women include sleep disturbances, weakness, fatigue, anxiety, and fainting.
Symptoms of a heart attack in men
Chest pain or discomfort – Discomfort or pain in the chest is one of the most common symptoms of a heart attack in men. In some cases, it might be a feeling of ‘fullness’ in the chest. The pain or discomfort may last for a few minutes, stop for a while, and start again.
Body pain – Men may experience body pain in areas including waist, stomach, shoulders, arm, neck, or jaw.
Difficulty in breathing – Men may experience difficulty in breathing that can combine with or without chest pain. Shortness of breath can be accompanied by cough and/or fatigue.
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Risk factors of heart disease
The following are the factors that increase your risk of having a heart disease.
- Age – You are more likely to get heart disease if you are a man above 45 years of age and women over 55 years of age.
- Health conditions – You are more prone to a heart issue if you have any existing health conditions. These health conditions include diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cholesterol, HIV, etc.
- Family history – If you have a family history of heart disease, you are more likely to get heart disease.
- Smoking – The harmful substances present in cigarette cause blood to thicken. This further results in the formation of blood clots inside veins and arteries. The blood clots can cause blockage and lead to a heart attack.
- Stress – Chronic stress increases the levels of stress hormones, adrenaline, and cortisol. These hormones affect the way your blood clots, causing or increasing the risk of a heart attack.
- Physical inactivity – If your work involves sitting at a place for a longer time without any movement, it increases your risk of a heart attack.
- Diabetes – Diabetes is a common risk factor of heart disease. Women are more likely to be affected by the disease.
- Menopause – Menopause decreases the level of estrogen in a women’s body. This increases the risk of heart disease in women.
- Pregnancy – If a woman has diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy, it increases her chances of developing heart diseases.