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Are Women at as Great a Risk for Heart Attacks?

Learn signs and symptoms of heart attack in women

Heart attacks occur about as commonly in women as they do in men. However, the symptoms of a heart attack may be much less obvious for women. Many people think of the image of a man clutching his chest and falling to the ground as “code” for heart attack, yet women may experience a different set of symptoms. Nevertheless, the condition is no less serious, and it’s important to be aware of the warning signs and seek medical assistance right away.

What Exactly Is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack may be caused by a variety of medical conditions. The term “heart attack” is shorthand for a sudden shortage of oxygen-rich blood to the heart. This can be caused by a variety of medical conditions. The most common medical condition is due to a build up of plaque in the coronary artery. Sometimes, a piece of plaque will cause the blood to clot around it, constricting blood flow to the heart. When the blood flow to the heart is restricted, the heart tissue begins to die.

When experiencing a heart attack, it is important to seek medical attention right away to avoid permanent heart damage or death. If you have high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease, you may want to consider diet and lifestyle changes to lower your risk of heart attacks. Even a short 20 minute walk everyday can make a huge impact on lowering your risk for heart attack.

What is a Heart Attack Like for Women?

Women experiencing a heart attack are likely to feel a shortness of breath, nausea, or lower back and jaw pain. Women may also experience a pressure or a pain in their chest, back, or upper abdomen. The tightening in this region of the body may spread to the neck or jaw. Other symptoms include dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, or extreme fatigue, A cold sweat and nausea are also common symptoms.  It’s easy to confuse some of these symptoms with the flu or the normal fatigue of aging. However, if you think you may be having a heart attack, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.

Because heart attacks in women are more difficult to recognize, women are often misdiagnosed or sent home without being treated, causing unnecessary damage to heart tissue. Therefore, it is important to be aware of all possible symptoms and seek medical attention if you think you may be having a heart attack. You should report all symptoms fully to the doctor for the best diagnoses.

Seeking Medical Attention

Heart tissue can be damaged very quickly in a heart attack. Therefore, it is very important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Don’t drive to the hospital. Instead, get an ambulence to bring you to the emergency room. People who call an ambulence and recieve Emergency Medical Service will get treatment up to an hour sooner than going to the emergency room by car. In a heart attack, every minute matters to preserve heart tissue.

Early Warning Signs?

Signs of a blocked artery may appear up to six weeks before a coming heart attack. Unexplained shortness of breath, fatigue, or stomach pain may indicate a blocked artery and increased risk for heart attack. These early heart attack warning signs should urge you to talk to your doctor about heart disease and seek treatment before your heart tissue becomes damaged. Heart attack warning signs for women can be easily confused with other diseases and disorders. Misdiagnoses are common. If you are at risk for heart disease, it is important to know the symptoms, risks, and report everything fully to medical professionals.

Being Prepared – Learn CPR

It is very important to know the warning signs of a women suffering from a heart attack, but it is also very important to know what to do. Immediately call 911 if you suspect someone is suffering from a heart attack. If their heart stops beating, start CPR. The American Heart Association and the American Red Cross provide low cost CPR classes throughout the Bay Area for those interested in learning how to perform proper CPR.

6 Reasons You Should Learn CPR

CPR instructor teaching a student how to perform CPR

Do you know how to perform CPR properly?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a technique used in medical emergencies to help keep blood pumping through the body and oxygen flowing to the brain. According to the American Heart Association, CPR saves lives, and they offer classes in communities across the country and throughout the year. Emergencies can happen anywhere, but a few circumstances may have particular need of someone trained in CPR.

You Care for Infants and Children
Many parents-to-be feel the need to get first-aid and CPR training to prepare them for the responsibility of caring for a new life. In this way, they feel ready to deal with any emergency they may encounter. If you work in a school or daycare facility, CPR training will give you the skills to help during an accident or medical emergency. Generally, CPR classes include the special techniques needed for use on infants and small children.

You Live With Someone Who Has A Serious Medical Condition
If someone in your family has a serious medical condition such as heart disease or a respiratory condition, you may wish to be prepared for an emergency by getting CPR training. The procedures of chest compression and intermittent breaths given to a person in distress can maintain life until the emergency medical team arrives on the scene.

You Own A Swimming Pool
People who own a swimming pool on their property often worry about children who might be attracted to the water and end up in a drowning accident. Knowing CPR techniques will help you to be prepared to help should a drowning incident arise. Grandparents who have swimming pools on their property often want CPR training to ensure that they are in a position to help if a grandchild is in trouble.

You Work In A Medical Environment
Those who work in medical environment may have CPR training as one of the requirements for employment. Often, the employer will arrange training for new-hires to ensure that all personnel can handle any emergencies that occur with patients that are already medically compromised. If you already have this training, it can help your chances for employment. The course that medical professionals are required to take is called BLS for the Healthcare Provider.

You’re Involved in Fitness or Physical Training
Frequently, teachers of fitness programs and other personnel of a facility are required to have CPR training to ensure that they will be able to handle any medical emergency that occurs during physical activities. This readiness can be important when older clients have sudden medical problems or when unsuspected medical conditions arise in any client. Having all staff members trained in CPR is not only a good marketing point for the facility and ensures that employees will be able help until EMTs arrive.

San Jose American Heart Association BLS Classes

Upcoming San Jose BLS Classes – Register here

 

AHA BLS CPR Class in San Jose

San Jose BLS American Heart Association

Friday , 08/03/2012 at 8:00 am
Friday , 08/03/2012 at 1:00 pm
Sunday , 08/05/2012 at 8:00 am
Friday , 08/10/2012 at 2:00 pm
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Monday , 08/13/2012 at 8:00 am
Friday , 08/17/2012 at 8:00 am
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Bay Area American Heart Association Heart Walk

American Heart Association Heart Walk in San Francisco, San Ramon, Redwood City, and Oakland

AHA Heart Walk in San Jose, San Ramon, Oakland, and San Francisco

American Heart Association Heart Walk in the Bay Area

The American Heart Association has organized a campaign called My Heart My Life to get Americans moving. It calls on the Bay Area community and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and wellness so that we can live longer, healthier, and happier lives. The American Heart Association has organized 5 events in the San Francisco Bay Area to raise money in order to fund research and education.

Participants can choose between taking a one mile walk or a three mile walk. Dogs on a leash, strollers, bikes, and roller bladers are also welcome at these events. The American Heart Association wants people of all ages to come on out to these events so please spread the word. The walks are held rain or shine.

Prior to the event, the American Heart Association will provide a small healthy breakfast to participants. Walkers who raise over $500, will receive a catered breakfast in the VIP tent. Also, water will be provided along the route.

There will be a survivor tent in all the locations. This is the place where participants can talk with those who survived a heart attack or stroke. The survivor area will provide red hats for the heart disease survivors and white hats for stroke survivors. Be prepared to hear some amazing recovery stories from these survivors.

The American Heart Association mission is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans and reduce death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The AHA provides low cost CPR and First-aid certification training classes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The CPR certification classes cover adult CPR, child CPR, infant CPR, chokesaving, and how to use a defibrillator. During the First-aid training students learn how to control bleeding, how to use an EPI pen, bandaging, snake & spider bites, and other life threatening emergencies.

See below for more information about the upcoming Bay Area American Heart Association Heart Walks

San Francisco American Heart Association Heart Walk

September 14th, 2012, 11:30 am

Golden Gate Park American Heart Association Heart Walk

September 15th, 2012, 9 am

San Ramon American Heart Association Heart Walk

September 16th, 2012, 8 am

Oakland American Heart Association Heart Walk

September 13, 2012, 11:30 am

Redwood City American Heart Association Heart Walk

September 12, 2012, 11:30 am

The American Heart Association mission is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans and reduce death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The AHA provides low cost CPR and First-aid certification training classes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The CPR certification classes cover adult CPR, child CPR, infant CPR, chokesaving, and how to use a defibrillator. During the First-aid training students learn how to control bleeding, how to use an EPI pen, bandaging, snake & spider bites, and other life threatening emergencies.