4 Unusual Signs of Heart Attack in Women


When a blood clot forms in a coronary artery, it can trigger a heart attack. Blood flow doesn’t reach your heart, and that causes a cramping or squeezing type of pain in your chest.

Women don’t always experience chest pain. According to the New England School of Medicine, “women under the age of 55 are seven times as likely as men to be misdiagnosed and sent home in mid-heart attack.”

If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Every minute matters, and fast action can save your life.

Here are 4 unusual signs of heart attack in women:

Sweating Day and Night

Do you suddenly feel so hot that you think someone has turned up the heater? A diagnosis can be difficult, since a woman in menopause may just be having hot flashes.

If you sweat so much that you can’t sleep, or wake up with soaked sheets, you may be having a heart attack.

Jaw Pain

Jaw pain can start days or weeks before a heart attack.  If it is heart-related, it is more common to experience pain in the lower jaw.

Panic Attack

A panic attack comes on without warning and you feel surges of intense anxiety and fear. This attack may cause sharp chest pain, which is caused by muscle contractions in the chest wall. The contractions are so intense that your chest wall may be sore hours or days later.

Shortness of Breath

You may have a regular exercise routine that you’re familiar with, but all the sudden you are short of breath and you may or may not experience chest pain as well.

3 Strategies to Cope with Holiday Weight Gain

I remember when I was growing up what a big spread we had for Thanksgiving. A large turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, hot yeast rolls, and three or four desserts. Large glasses of sweet tea completed the meal.

Like many other families, we ate until we popped, and usually had to lie down for an afternoon nap. No matter how full we were, at 5 o’clock all the leftovers were reheated and we sat down for Round 2.

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s so easy to pile on the pounds. Here are 3 strategies to help cope with holiday weight gain:

All or Nothing

You eat healthy the majority of the time, and don’t have to feel bad about overindulging in your favorite holiday foods. It’s only for one day, and you’ll get back on a healthy regimen tomorrow.

Middle of the Road

The numbers on the scale may be lined up perfectly, and you don’t want to blow it. You serve yourself small portions of everything and choose one tiny slice of dessert.

The Hardliner

You’ve worked too hard to get to your perfect weight, and even the temptation of creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, and hot rolls oozing with melted butter, are not  going to ruin your healthy eating plan. You concentrate more on the turkey and vegetables, and eat a lightly buttered piece of whole wheat bread. Dessert for you is pumpkin pie minus the crust.

What holiday strategies do you use to avoid holiday weight gain?