Women don’t always experience the typical symptoms of shooting in the left arm. Instead look out for these symptoms which could indicate an impending heart attack.
Central chest pain
This is the top symptom of an impending heart attack. You’ll feel a sense of heaviness in your chest, like “an elephant sitting on it”.
Back of the jaw tightness
This comes as a dull ache in the jaw or back. Women, more often than men, tend to experience such atypical symptoms. Some have even mistaken it for a toothache.
Painless Shortness of breath
This occurs even when there’s no exertion, and is commonly experienced by older women and those who suffer from diabetes. But if you have never had shortness of breath in the past, it could be a sign of a more serious condition.
New symptoms or old ones that impair your day to day functioning
Take a special note if symptoms happen on more than one occasion. For instance, you used to be able to walk up and down the overhead bridge easily, but you are now getting chest discomfort or breathlessness even when climbing just one flight of steps.
A combination of two or more symptoms
Becoming breathless, light-headed or breaking out in a cold sweat, with chest, neck or jaw pain are additional clues that you should consult a doctor or go for a check-up.
Severe and Persistent symptoms
Take a note of what you are doing when these symptoms are evident, for example, you may be exercising or under stress. The symptoms are normally also more painful than the usual breathlessness and may last more than 30 minutes.
Top three food for healthy heart
This fruit is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which can help to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. Add it to your salads, or use as a spread in place of butter or margarine.
Fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardine are rich in “good fats” (polyunsaturated and Omega-3 fatty acids) which can help to lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides (blood fats, another marker for heart disease). It is recommended that you consume two servings of these oily fishes twice a week.
They contain beta-glucan ( a type of fiber) which can help to lower cholesterol in the blood. Choose the unsweetened, less-processed types such as rolled oats or steel-cut oats for a great breakfast option.