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“If She Were a Swan”: Memorize the Signs of Heart Attack in Women

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We’ve all heard the tale pertaining to the ugly duckling who turned out to be a gorgeous swan. The apparent moral of that particular story is that some things, upon first appearance, are not what they seem to be. It is with the ugly duckling’s story in mind that San Diego Home Caregivers invites you to observe Women’s Heart Health Month with the “IF She Were a SWAN…” Challenge.

Just as with men, a woman’s most typical heart attack sign is chest pain. But while some heart attacks are sudden and powerful, the majority of them actually launch slowly with mild discomfort. The National Institutes of Health reports that the signs of heart attack in women often are displayed in physical effects for up to a month or more before undergoing the actual heart attack. Furthermore, women are somewhat more likely than men to encounter and report some of the other less expected symptoms. Use the letters in IF and SWAN to keep in mind the additional indicators to be on the lookout for which include:

  • Indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Weakness in the arms
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea/vomiting

Regardless of whether you are female or male, if you experience any of the above symptoms and think it may possibly be a heart attack, even if you’re uncertain, it is critical to find medical help right away. A difference of five minutes could save your life. Calling 911 is generally the quickest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services workers can get started on treatment up to an hour sooner than arriving at the hospital by car. They are also trained in reviving someone whose heart has stopped. People with chest pain who arrive by ambulance often receive faster treatment at the hospital.

Although it is important for everyone to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, it is particularly essential for caregivers to know what to look for when caring for their loved ones.
If you or someone you love has already suffered a heart attack and needs additional support, either at home or in a care facility, the professionals at San Diego Home Caregivers, the top providers of senior in home care San Diego families trust, can help. Contact us to schedule your care assessment at (619) 487-9000.