This blog is for our women readers–have you ever researched heart attack symptoms for women?? The symptoms are often very different from what men having a heart attack experience. The following list of symptoms for women who might be having a heart attack was taken from the American Heart Association website:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
- As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
I am sharing this story with permission from a childhood friend my age–62–who on Wednesday had a heart attack. She has no family history of heart disease, eats well, is thin and is very active. She had been experiencing shortness of breath after climbing one flight of stairs and her heart would race. She was to see her family physician on Thursday, her birthday, to talk about these symptoms. Wednesday following lunch with a friend she experienced a racing heart and tightness in her chest as if an elephant was sitting on her chest. She opted to drive herself to the ER where on her birthday she received a heart stent for a 95% blockage of a cardiac artery.
My friend had researched heart attack symptoms–and her actions prevented a much worse outcome. So–pay attention to your body, read what’s out there about women and heart attacks. In one article I read the woman was having pain in both arms with no other symptoms–she was having a heart attack. I have no family history of heart disease–none–am relatively thin, eat well and am very active yet I have high cholesterol. I take a low dose statin and in light of my friend’s little episode, I think I will continue to take the statin!
Around here it’s just been more roof work and the Cowboy even had me on the roof today–how did that happen??? He has laid the “rolled roofing” on the flat surface of one half the roof of the main house. He has to cut pieces to lay over the areas of the parapets. Once all the “rolled roofing” fabric is in place we will then coat it with that expensive Henry’s silicone coating. Progress, progress!!
This is a scupper which drains the roof–that hole seen in the photo is actually a galvanized metal square tube thingy. 🙂
This particular scupper drains a portion of the guest house roof onto the garage roof (the white you see in the photo) and from the garage roof onto the ground.
Normal chores for me today after I was released from roof duty–laundry, cleaning, etc. I did complete another bunny. And here’s a precious grand baby photo–Millie at 6 months.