As most people know, heart problems can sneak up on you and hit you like a truck when you least expect it. We’ve all heard of instances where seemingly healthy people experienced a sudden heart attack. What’s not as well known is that serious heart problems are often precipitated by warning signs that nobody should ignore. Symptoms of heart trouble can be difficult to identify in just about anyone, but for reasons that are not well understood, the signs and symptoms women experience are often more subtle or difficult to associate with “typical” heart-related symptoms. Here are some signs of heart trouble everyone should watch for, some subtle, some not so much.
1. Chest Pain and Soreness
Yep, this one may have prompted you to say, “Duh!” and that’s understandable. What’s important in this case is to realize that not all heart-related chest pain is the kind that will send you to your knees clutching your chest. Sometimes it’s a lot less dramatic and may even feel like you simply pulled a chest muscle. Chest pains may not be severe and it’s not uncommon for the pain to spread out into the jaw, neck, shoulder or arm, and those are not the kinds of symptoms you ever want to ignore.