According to statistics from the Heart Foundation, 435,000 American women have heart attacks annually and 267,000 die from them. Of these deaths, 83,000 are in women under age 65; 35,000 are in women under 55.
Recently a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reported that heart attacks are more fatal for young women ages 30 to 54 than they are for men. Researchers from Yale University found that from 2001 to 2010, 2 to 3 percent of women between the ages of 30 and 54 who were hospitalized for a heart attack died, compared to 1.7 to 2 percent of men in the same age group.
Here are 5 warning signs women of all ages should never ignore. Keep in mind that often these symptoms can occur weeks or even months leading up to a heart attack
You could have more than just a bug if your upset stomach comes along with other heart-related symptoms, such as shortness of breath, a cold sweat or pain in your chest or back.
Feeling faint for no obvious reason (like doing a tough workout or being dehydrated) could mean that not enough blood is getting to the heart, especially if you’re also suffering from shortness of breath and a cold sweat.
3.More subtle than chest pain
Chest pain may seem like an obvious symptom of heart attack, but in reality symptoms are much more subtle and easy to ignore. We’ve all seen Hollywood heart attacks involving dramatic chest-clutching and sudden collapse, but for women, symptoms can be anything from discomfort that feels like bad indigestion to pain in the arm to breathlessness. Before you learn about the symptoms, it’s important to erase assumptions that a heart attack is always a chest-pounding, keeling-over movie melodrama.
4. Exhaustion or Fatigue.
The woman in the video begins to visibly sway with exhaustion, as if she’s so tired she’d like to sink to the ground, which she eventually does. More than 70 percent of women in the NIH study reported extreme fatigue in the month or months prior to their heart attacks. This was not just your run-of-the-mill tiredness—the kind you can power through—this was an overwhelming fatigue that sidelined them from their usual schedules for a few days at a time.
5. Throat or Jaw Pain
By itself, throat or jaw pain probably isn’t heart related. More likely, it’s caused by a muscular issue, a cold, or a sinus problem.
But if you have pain or pressure in the center of your chest that spreads up into your throat or jaw, it could be a sign of a heart attack. Call 911 and seek medical attention to make sure everything is all right.