You are never too young or too Healthy to have a Heart Attack
Majority of us think that heart attacks are something which
generally happens to older people specially men. But that’s a myth; heart
disease is being one of the leading causes of death especially in women. Heart
attacks are more catastrophic for young women for the age group between 30-54
years than they are in men. It has been seen that young women in particular are
ignoring the early sign and symptoms of heart attacks and thus are not receiving
possible life-saving treatment.
If reports are to be believed every year, 15,000 young women
under the age of 55 dies because of heart disease, making it the leading cause
of death for women worldwide. It has been observed that younger women are twice
as likely to die after getting hospitalized for a heart attack in comparison to
the men of the same age group. So the major concern is why aren’t women rushing
to the doctor at the first sign of the problem? One of the basic reason for
this ignorance is that the first sign doesn’t resemble what many of relate with
heart attacks at all.
Apart from misinformation about the sign and symptoms, gender
also influence the ways women get the care and treatment. Women in agony of
heart attack are often misguided. Women’s are usually caregivers and are
worried more about other people before themselves, so they tend to deal with
the symptoms for longer. They normally wait to consult the doctor until the
heart disease doesn’t get worse.
Aside of regular symptoms such as chest pain and blood pressure
which goes with heart attack, women might experience a lot of other symptoms
such as shortness of breath and indigestion to nausea and a general sense of
dread. Women normally relate these symptoms to other causes such as arthritis,
heartburn, or anxiety and they just don’t bother to seek care.
It’s not only important for women to know about the unusual
sign so that they can get an immediate medical treatment, but also, so they can
advocate for themselves once they are there. The sign of heart attack may be
mild and less specific for some women but even though women may experience less
severe signs of a heart attack, the upshot remain significant. Even the mildest
heart attacks can lead to tissue damage that can further leads up to additional
health problems down the line.
How to lower down the
risk of heart attacks in Young women:
Adapting certain changes in lifestyle can have a great impact
on your heart. If you smoke, stop it now as according to research coronary
heart disease risk is cut down by 50% just after a year of quitting. Start
indulging yourself in an exercise habit if you haven’t; 30 minutes of walking
every day is helpful in lowering down the risk of heart attack and stroke. You
need to make certain changes in your diet also, get a healthy sustainable food
plan for a healthy living heart.
Apart from the above mentioned things, regular checkups and
routine tests are mandatory to keep yourself updated about any sign or symptoms
of heart disease. Not to forget to keep a check on blood pressure, high
cholesterol, diabetes, etc as all of these can influence your risk.
Metro Group of Hospitals encourage all the women out there to
openly speak to their primary care doctors about their risk factors for heart
disease and what are the steps they can take which can help them to lower down
the risk of the disease.