Sue Palmer, an American woman, woke up feeling ill one day. She began vomiting and was suffering from nausea, so she thought that the problem was food poisoning. She decided to go back to bed and wait for it to pass. However, her husband insisted she went to the doctor, and it turns out that he saved her life! “If she went back to bed like she planned to that morning, she wouldn’t have woken up,” says Sue’s husband. Sue recalls that she joked about the subject in the emergency room – the idea that she suffered a heart attack was silly, as she felt normal. The first electrocardiogram didn’t show anything unusual, but soon the doctors realized that Sue must have an immediate surgery!
When she woke up after the procedure, Sue was informed that she suffered a heart attack. It began just when she got to the hospital – her coronary artery was blocked by 10%, while her core was blocked by 70%. If she didn’t have surgery, Sue would’ve died. The symptoms of heart attack are different in women and men. In woman, they are usually mild, and sometimes there aren’t any kind of symptoms present. Myocardial infarction is one of the leading causes of death in women. Almost 2/3 of women die suddenly from a heart attack with no symptoms experienced previously. The main symptom of a heart attack is pain in the chest and down the arm, but some women experience no unusual symptoms at all. This is why it’s important to recognize the early signs of a heart attack on time.
According to doctors, one of the main symptoms associated with heart attack is pain in the jaw or even a toothache. Heart attack doesn’t manifest only through pain – discomfort in the chest can also be a sign.
Other common symptoms are indigestion and other digestive problems, as well as nausea, vomiting and dizziness, the same symptoms Sue experienced. Fatigue and shortness of breath shouldn’t be ignored as well. If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, call an ambulance immediately! Don’t hesitate telling the doctors that you suspect you’re having a heart attack and ask them to do an electrocardiogram. Heart attack can strike anyone regardless of age or gender – you don’t have to be a smoker or eat junk food often. Healthy people can suffer a heart attack as well, so listen to what your body is telling you and react right away!