Don’t Die of Embarrassment: Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

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Would you pay attention to the warning signs or suffer silently too embarrassed to go to emergency? If you would avoid seeking treatment for fear of a false alarm, you wouldn’t be alone. Many other women would do the same as you.

As women, we perceive pain differently, and even take pride in our ability to carry on despite our discomfort. We ignore illness and push our own needs aside, caring for those around us. So it makes sense that many women would balk at seeking medical attention for something as trivial as the flu.

It’s those flu-like symptoms that Sue Palmer almost ignored, thinking that the sudden onset of vomiting was due to a virus. It was only at the insistence of her husband that she sought the medical attention that ultimately saved her life. Her flu-like symptoms were the symptoms of what medical professionals call “the widow maker heart attack”.

Unlike men, women can have virtually symptomless heart attacks. No chest pain, no feeling of tightness, no pain in the arm or jaw. Instead they can experience nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, shortness of breath or cold sweat. Sometimes these symptoms are accompanied by pain or discomfort in the back, jaw, lower chest or upper belly.

What should you do if you think it may be happening to you? The message from the medical community is clear: call 9-1-1 and get to the hospital immediately. Even if you think you are wrong. Delaying seeking medical attention can cause more damage, even death. Time is what counts when it comes to intervention.

Read more about the symptoms of heart attack in women here or watch the Just a Little Heart Attack video below:

 

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Carla Young, momeomagazine.com Publisher If there’s living proof that women can have it all – and then some – it’s Carla Young. Building her multiple businesses on a virtual work-at-home model, Carla is an inspiration to other mothers who want to start a lifestyle business. During her early days as a mom entrepreneur, Carla made every single mistake in the book (and a few new ones for good measure). Realizing that “doing it all” was unhealthy and unsustainable, Carla started by getting organized to the extreme, developing support systems for both her work and family. After other mothers started asking how they too could enjoy her lifestyle, Carla launched momeomagazine.com to support moms at work, at home and at play (because every mommy deserves a little me-time)!

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