Women With Symptoms of Angina
Some women may have more vague symptoms of angina, such as:
- Unusual tiredness
- Trouble sleeping
- Problems breathing
- Anxiety (feeling uneasy or worried).
An episode of angina is not a heart attack, but it does mean that you have a greater chance of having a heart attack. Angina pain means that some of the heart muscle is not getting enough blood temporarily. A heart attack, on the other hand, occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is suddenly and permanently cut off, usually by a blood clot. This can lead to serious heart damage.
If you have any of the serious symptoms of angina below, call 911 immediately. You may actually be having a heart attack.
- Pain or discomfort that is very bad, gets worse, and lasts longer than 20 minutes
- Pain or discomfort along with weakness, feeling sick to your stomach, sweating, or fainting
- Pain or discomfort that does not go away when you take angina medicine
- Pain or discomfort that is worse than you have ever had before.
Only 55 percent of women are aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. Unfortunately, women are less likely to recognize symptoms of heart disease, including angina. For this reason, women with symptoms of angina, should call their doctor immediately or call 911. If you have possible angina symptoms for the first time, call 911 immediately. For women with a history of angina symptoms, make sure to talk with your doctor about what to do when symptoms occur. He or she is in the best position to understand your particular situation and give recommendations.