Lady Readers, this is for us. Heart attack warning signs for women can be different than they are for men. One of the first signs is denial. “Me? Having a heart attack? Not me!” Uh….yes, YOU!
Tuesday my mother had a mild heart attack. She had been feeling discomfort in her left arm, left hand numbness, and pain in her upper back. While it is true she is in constant pain from her osteo-arthritis, she did not isolate these as being warning signs —- for 7 days! Not until she called her cardiologist to make an appointment who told her, “Get thee to an ER” which was after having received a pain injection from her pain management doctor earlier in the day and after waking up from a nap with the same pains and now chest pain included in the mix did she go.
Once at the hospital she was whisked into the cath lab where 3 arteries were cleared of blockage and 5 stents inserted. There she remains “feeling great” and hoping to go home soon.
The denial is real ladies. How do I know? Been there. Done that. Once with the hubster. And when I was having a terrible bout of heart burn, the nurse at the doc’s office had to talk me into going to the ER because it could have been a heart attack. And what was I doing? Arguing with her!! “No, I know it is not a heart attack!!” I kept saying. Geesh. I went. I was right. But…what if I had been wrong?!
So I offer you the following information Lady Readers.
“They wish that they had known that symptoms such as neck and shoulder pain, abdominal discomfort that was easy to mistake for indigestion, or unusual fatigue could signal a heart problem,” she said. “They often said that TV doesn’t show examples of the symptoms they experienced. If they knew, they would have responded to the symptoms sooner.”