Women have big hearts, literally. It pumps about 5 liters of blood throughout the body and beats around 110,000 times per day. And this heart that works so hard can sometimes take a bit of a hit.
Symptoms such as chest pain, burning or pressure in certain places should be carefully investigated by an appropriate professional as soon as possible.
It may not be anything, but it may also be a sign that there is something wrong with your heart.
According to research published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, women need to stop thinking that a little pain in the chest is nothing and stop ignoring this symptom.
Whatever the intensity of pain is, it deserves an investigation.
The study showed that women, unlike men, need the pain to get worse or wait until there are other symptoms before seeking medical attention. And this mistake can be fatal. Symptoms of angina should never be ignored.
In the study of 31 cardiac patients, six stages were found in respondents after chest pain: uncertainty, denial, concern for family members, recognition of the severity, medical care, and acceptance.
And the big difference between the male and the female patients was that women took longer time than men in the denial stage, in addition to waiting for family members to say that something is not right.
Women are more prone to heart disease, despite the great popular belief that it is prominently a male problem.
Women also believe that they don’t want to become a burden, they are overacting, or have too much on their plate to worry about it, thus undermining prevention.
While in the study, the women who participated were between 44 and 84 years old.
Therefore, age is no excuse for chest pain or just a little pain. It can even occur early on.
By waiting any little longer, the gravity can be great and you can be putting your life at risk.
To recap, feeling pressure in the chest, burning, or a feeling of tightness signifies that it may be time to do the check up to know for sure if all is well with your heart.
Prevention is still the best choice for those who want to have live life a little longer.
Translated from the original article, ”
Saúde da mulher: Um sintoma urgente que você nunca deve ignorar”