Six Heart Attack Symptoms Every Woman Should Know

Sometime in my early to mid 40’s, I was at a doctor appointment talking with my primary care physician regarding some of my concerns about heart issues. I certainly had many since my own mother died of a heart attack when I was 13 and she was only 50 years old! I wanted to make sure I was doing everything I could to live to a ripe old age, see my children grow up and enjoy my grandchildren, something my mother never got a chance to do. My doctor at the time looked at me, kind of rolled his eyes and said, “If you were having a heart attack, you would know it!”  Wow, I learned very early in my training to become a personal trainer that he could not have been more wrong!!!!

Women’s heart attack symptoms are very different. We don’t always have the typical symptoms that men have such as the crushing chest pain with the pain radiating down the left arm.  Women’s heart attack symptoms are more vague and often missed.  Please familiarize yourself with the 6 symptoms below, it may save your life or someone you love.

  1. Chest pain or discomfort
  2. Pain in your arm(s), back, neck, or jaw
  3. Stomach pain
  4. Shortness of breath, nausea, or lightheadedness
  5. Sweating
  6. Fatigue (unusual or overwhelming)

Remember, someone does not have to have ALL of these symptoms to be suffering a heart attack.  If you or someone you know is having chest discomfort and one or two of the other symptoms, call 911 immediately.

For more details of each symptom, please click on 6 Symptoms of Women’s Heart Attacks.



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This post was written by Patti on February 19, 2013

Weak Muscles May be the Cause of Your Klutziness

As I mentioned in a previous blog, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among older adults 73 and older, and the second leading cause of death from ages 60 to 72.

People who seem to be tripping all of the time or who have a tendency to drop items may believe that clumsiness is just a part of their makeup but that may not be the case at all.

In an August 2012 Good Housekeeping interview, chief of physical therapy at Harvard University Health Services, Mary Ann Wilmarth, D.P.T. stated that weak muscles can be the cause of klutziness.  Examples:

  1. Weak rotator cuff muscles could cause you to rely on your smaller hand muscles when reaching for something which in turn, causes you to drop the item.
  2. Week hip muscles could make you trip when navigating curbs, stairs, etc. and cause you to fall.

In order to prevent such klutziness, Dr. Wilmarth stated that participating in strength-training exercises helps to strengthen your muscles so you will move more fluidly and be less clumsy.

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This post was written by Patti on February 5, 2013