The global health narrative took a massive hit during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic. People grew panicked and paranoid about the limited availability of healthcare facilities. Those without health insurance suffered from hefty medical bills that left scores of people in debt. The notion of “staying healthy” had once been neglected as a worry for sickly and elderly individuals. However, since then, the sentiments on this matter have changed.
Sit down for a moment and ask yourself the following questions,
If you’re hesitant about any of the above questions, then it’s time to consider the risks of neglecting potential health conditions. After the pandemic, one thing has become certain – heart diseases are limited to age, prior health records or typical symptoms.
Despite our best efforts to live a moderately healthy lifestyle, some people may still fall short. Unfortunately, these shortcomings are evident in the annual growth of heart attack cases, with over 25% of the patients being under 45 years old. Out of this, 30% of cases belonged to those in the range of young adults and middle-aged individuals.
The most common cause of heart attacks is coronary heart disease, wherein the plaque buildup blocks blood flow in the arteries. It prevents your heart from functioning with adequate blood flow. There are two main types of heart attacks: Type I and Type II.
Though, that’s not all. Other causes of heart attacks include torn blood vessels, drug misuse, blood vessel spasms and lack of oxygen in the blood (hypoxia).
People have encountered different types of symptoms while experiencing a sudden heart attack. Some reported feeling extreme pain in the left arm and shoulder, but others, in contrast, mentioned feeling nothing at all. That said, it’s crucial to understand the different signs of a heart attack. It could save your life or that of a loved one.
These are the typically reported symptoms that most victims of heart attacks have experienced. It applies to all genders and age groups.
In a study with 4.5 lakh patients, researchers found that diabetic women are 50% more likely to die of heart diseases. In general, health conditions like hypertension, high cholesterol, usage of contraceptive pills, alcohol and smoking are leading causes of heart attacks in women.
Here are a few signs of heart attacks unique to women, regardless of age.
● Poor or frequently interrupted sleep
● Extreme difficulty in breathing
● Indigestion or upset stomach
● Body aches
● Weakness or generally unwell
● Discomfort in the upper body or back
Most women fail to seek medical attention for heart attacks due to poor information on symptoms specific to them. However, everyone must learn the different signs of heart attacks, especially atypical ones. With this information, bail yourself or someone out of a tough scrape and seek medical help.