Heart attack: women keep symptoms often harmless stomach upset – Video
Each year, more than 20,000 women die in Germany of a heart attack. Experts are convinced that Many heart attack deaths could be easily avoided if the people Concerned would do better to pay attention to symptoms.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people die from the effects of a cardiovascular disease. Alone in the year 2016, there were more than 185,000 women. In 20.539 of them is the cause of death of myocardial infarction was.
Christiane Tiefenbacher by the Scientific Advisory Board of the German heart Foundation indicates a particular tragedy: "Many heart attack deaths in women could be avoided would be interpreted the heart-attack – symptoms-and so valuable time won."
The body sends before a heart attack often warning signs. In addition to gender non-specific symptoms such as pain in chest, indicate that in women, especially in symptoms such as shortness of breath, radiating pain in the chest, Pull in the right Arm and persistent fatigue, Nausea and vomiting as well as pain in the upper abdomen a heart attack.
Many women do not perceive symptoms correctly
But especially older women, symptoms take often diffuse. So you feel that instead of a sharp pain in the chest more of a pressure or tightness in the chest, accompanied by upper abdominal discomfort, Nausea, vomiting, sweating, back pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
Cardiologist Tiefenbacher white: "Nausea or vomiting are not interpreted by the affected women rarely falsely as a harmless stomach upset."
Cardiologist advises: emergency call 112 immediately
The symptoms occur, every Minute counts and there should be immediately an ambulance called. Women choose the 112 to the knowledge of the doctors later than men. This is dangerous, because the victims can suddenly get a heart fibrillation, passed out, and in a few minutes on Sudden cardiac death death. Or, the infarct destroyed a larger part of the heart muscle, which can lead to a heart weakness.
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