Beyond the well-known heart disease symptoms like chest pain and sudden numbness, which ones should women be on the lookout for? Heart disease is the leading cause of death in U.S. adults. The term “heart disease” encompasses a broad range of heart-related malfunction and issues, including coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) and even heart attacks.
Heart Disease & Women: A Serious Problem
Men are more susceptible than women to heart disease in general, so some of the focus tends to lean toward them. However, women – especially those over 60 years of age – should be aware of these surprising heart disease symptoms.
How serious is heart disease among U.S. women? Consider this: heart disease is responsible for six times as many deaths as breast cancer.
Surprising Signs of Possible Heart Disease
Let’s look at 3 things you wouldn’t expect could be heart disease symptoms, but very well could be:
Sleep apnea & snoring. This symptom is one of those classic “cause of a cause” issues. When women are having trouble sleeping (the image of heavy snorers is typically thought of as male, but ladies can snore, too), it could be the result of diabetes, high blood pressure and other heart disease symptoms.
Abnormally forceful heartbeats. Women should take note of their heartbeat on a fairly regular basis. Whenever that “chest pounding” is experienced, it could be the sign of heart trouble. Known as arrhythmias, an abnormal heartbeat is sometimes a clue to some problem with the heart. Arrhythmias are common among older women.
Unusual sweating episodes. Heavy perspiration after a strenuous workout is one thing. But excessing sweating while doing normal, everyday activities should be taken as a possible warning sign for heart disease. The heart sends signals about impending trouble in confusing ways sometimes. However, anytime a woman goes through one or two atypical periods of sweating, it’s best to see a doctor.
Not all heart disease symptoms fall under “chest pain” or “fatigue.” If you’ve ever experienced symptoms you just can’t explain and you’re not in a life-threatening situation, it may be time to see a specialist at Banner Urgent Care. With over 40 offices throughout Nevada and Arizona, were the #1 immediate care walk-in clinic network in the southwest United States.
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