The warning signals of an imminent heart attack are:
- Pain in the chest
- Shortness of breath
And there is no gender difference in these signals according to Dr Beth Abramson of Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation who says:
“Heart disease is an equal-opportunities killer
Women can have further unique symptoms
They are significantly more likely to report throat, jaw and neck pain as well
The first thing most people feel is heaviness in the chest and we all need to be aware of that.
There is a risk to men of all ages when they get angry
- Men, young and old, risk heart attacks when they get angry.
- Young men who react quickly to stress with anger are much more likely to develop heart disease.
- These angry young men were 5 times more at risk than their calmer counterparts to have an early heart attack, even without a family history of the condition.
- Some express their anger; others conceal it; while many become irritable.
Dr Patricia Chang who has been co-ordinating a scientific study says: “The most important thing angry young men can do is to get professional help to manage their tempers, especially since previous studies have shown that those who already have heart disease get better with anger management
In the case of middle aged men, a different research team (this time in Stockholm, Sweden) has found that men, who do not openly express their anger if they are unfairly treated at work, double their risk of a heart attack. They put themselves at risk when they bottle up their anger instead of challenging and dealing with the situation head-on. Dr. Constanze Leineweber, who led the study, said: “I think men can’t help how they behave in conflict situations – it’s not something they think about, it’s just how they react instinctively
Stress and more...
We all need to get rid of the stress, anger or conflict situations that arise otherwise it is going to affect our health to some degree. It could even lead to our death. We need to find healthy and natural ways to relieve the stress and anger in our lives – and obviously this does not mean turning to smoking or alcohol.
Whether you a man or a woman, the single biggest thing you can do to avoid a heart attack is to give up smoking.
Some good news is that data is showing that the bans on smoking in public places have had a bigger impact on preventing heart attacks than ever expected. Two studies have reported that smoking bans cut the number of heart attacks in Europe and North America by up to a third.
Choosing a lifestyle where you eat a healthy and balanced diet, take regular exercise, learn to relax, give up smoking, watch your cholesterol and blood pressure levels and lose weight (all through good diet choices) will help to ensure you avoid a heart attack.