Photo by Aiden Jones. Flicker.com. Neck pain is a heart attack symptom.

Heart disease is often called the “silent killer of women” simply because the signs and symptoms of coronary heart disease differ between women and men. Some women who have coronary heart have no signs or symptoms of the disease. This is called silent CHD.

Coronary heart disease is often caused by the buildup of plaque, a waxy substance, inside the lining of larger coronary arteries. This buildup can partially or completely block blood flow in the large arteries of the heart. Many women have no idea they are walking around with this condition until a piece of this plaque breaks off and they have chest pain, a heart attack, or sudden cardiac arrest.

One common sign is an arrhythmia, which signifies that the heart is beating too fast or too slow.

However, this is not a sure sign of an impending heart attack and the “glitch” in rhythm can be caused by an injury or genetics

Both genders may or may not experience the following symptoms as the result of having coronary heart disease but women experience them in different ways.

Angina

Most men and many women experience pressure or squeezing in the chest that becomes unbearable and it is assigned that your heart muscle is not getting enough blood. The feeling extends to arms, which can feel numb. However, in addition to this, women may experience sharp burning chest pain.

Additionally, angina in men tends to worsen with physical activity and go away with rest but women experience the opposite. Females are more likely to experience angina while resting or sleeping.

Only half of women who have heart attacks experience them as chest pain. Men are more likely to break out in a cold sweat and report pain in the left arm during a heart attack.

Nausea, Dizziness, Neck Pain, Back Pain, and Jaw Pain

Women are much more likely to experience back or neck pain, pain the jaw, neck, or back. They are also more likely to report feeling light-headed and dizzy just before a heart attack.

Arrhythmia

One sign that is common in both sexes is an arrhythmia, which signifies that the heart is beating too fast or too slow.

However, this is not a sure sign of an impending heart attack and the “glitch” in rhythm can be caused by an injury or genetics. It is usually experienced as fluttering or thumping feeling in the chest.

Heart Failure

Heart failure is a condition where your heart cannot pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. It causes fatigue and shortness of breath that increases with physical exertion as well a swelling in the veins in the neck, legs, feet, and veins in the neck

Symptoms of coronary heart disease may be different from person to person even if they have the same type of coronary heart disease. However, because many people have no symptoms, they do not know they have coronary heart disease until they have chest pain, a heart attack, or sudden cardiac arrest

Not all heart attacks begin with the sudden, crushing chest pain that is depicted on T.V. In fact, some cause no symptoms at all, especially in people with diabetes.

Your heart attack can start slowly, with mild pain and discomfort. It can happen while you’re at rest or active. How severe they are can depend on your age, gender, and medical conditions.

If someone is having a heart attack it is important to call 911 or EMS (Emergency Medical Services and if that is somehow not an option then drive them to the hospital right away.

At the Pinewood Natural Health Care Centre, one of our focuses is on treating women’s health issues as well as other health concerns such as obesity, allergies, chronic pain, and PMS. Our services include naturopathic testing, dietary counseling, homeopathy, herbal remedies, and intravenous infusion therapy. You can find out more about us on our website call our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.

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