We are all aware of agonizing chest pain to be a familiar sign of a heart attack. While this is a definite way to know you or someone else are in distress, this isn't the only symptom. Heart attacks look different for everyone, especially for women in comparison to men. And while it's likely that symptoms may overlap, the signs of a woman's heart attack are not common and can easily be overlooked.
Twitter user @gwheezie did just that. She suffered symptoms for weeks before she finally went to the hospital. Since she didn't have the proper knowledge on what to look for, she brushed off the signs as a minor inconvenience.
She’s now sharing her story in what is now a viral Twitter thread with hopes that more women will become aware of the uncommon signs of a heart attack that they could be stricken with, to take their symptoms seriously, and get timely and appropriate care.
Twitter user @gwheezie tweets about her heart attack experience and how she missed the symptoms.
via: TwitterHer informative tweet has gone viral with more than 37,000 retweets so far.
She ignored her symptoms because she thought it was just muscle strain.
via: TwitterEven when the signs are subtle, the consequences can be deadly. You should always seek help right away.
@gwheezie identifies herself as an older woman who is a nurse– she took all the steps she thought was necessary to relieve muscle pain.
via: TwitterMany women think the signs of a heart attack are unmistakable but the reality is for women they can be confusing.
Even while she felt pain and discomfort, she had things to do and unfortunately put it off.
via: TwitterLadies, we have to stop doing this to ourselves, if we're feeling sick or in pain seek medical help.
Thank goodness for the medical professionals that knew exactly what was going on when they saw her.
via: TwitterA stent is a tiny tube made of mesh wire that props the artery open so blood can flow freely.
According to The American Heart Association, what @gwheezie experienced is not uncommon.
via: GettyWomen usually have signs of a heart attack as subtle or “silent symptoms" such as back aches, nausea, or fatigue.
If you experience any of the silent symptoms or the classic symptoms, such as pressure or pain in the chest, shortness of breath, arm pain, or dizziness, seek medical help or call 911 immediately.
via: GettyEven if they seem minor to you, it's important to see a doctor.
@gwheezie has started an important conversation about women's heart health.
via: GettyThe reaction to her tweets shows both of both concern and gratitude. And many others shared their own experiences.
Thankfully, @gwheezie is doing well and recovering.
via: TwitterWe're wishing her a speedy recovery.
The fact that she had pain for weeks and wasn't aware that the symptoms were of a heart attack is quite surprising.
via: TwitterAll other health professionals agree– we have to start paying more attention to our bodies and early warning signs of distress.
Sometimes you may feel like what you have isn't enough to be seen by a doctor, you should still be seen. According to this next tweet, doctors agree.
via: TwitterYou should never feel embarrassed to call a doctor. Your health comes before anything.
A heart attack can strike anyone.
via: TwitterPerfect example of why we should know the signs of a heart attack.
Share this article, it could save someone's life!
via: TwitterHealth knowledge is power.
Who knew something this minor was the sign of a major health problem?
via: TwitterIf you ever feel something like this, now you know why.
Say it louder for the people in the back.
via: TwitterAnd sometimes our bodies won't show any signs so we still need to be pro-active about seeing our doctors.
The 5 major signs of a heart attack for women should be common knowledge.
via: TwitterThis is an excellent graphic to follow and share with your loved ones.
It's not only women that miss women's heart attack symptoms, but health care providers can as well.
via: GettyThis is why it's important to research and speak up when you're feeling something is very wrong.
Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss your personal risks.
via: GettyTalk about what you feel and what you know. This could be life-changing. Let's get heart-healthy!
Start an exercise program.
via: GettyEvery single day you should exercise for 30 minutes or attempt to take at least 10000 steps.
Vegetables and fruits are the best way to get healthy vitamins and minerals into your body.
via: GettyYour body needs essential nutrients and minerals to help ward off disease and distress.
Quit smoking. Just one year after quitting you decrease your risk of heart disease or heart failure by 50%.
via: GettyAlso, quitting is cool.
Tray to stay within your healthy BMI.
via: GettyAnd if you tend to gain weight in your mid-section increase your intake of protein and decrease carbohydrates.
You may also need to modify your family's diet.
via: GettyThank goodness for the internet we can now find great ideas for healthy snacks and weekly meal preps.
Knitting, crocheting, and sewing are just some activities you can do to help relieve stress.
via: GettyI can also suggest coloring which is quite relaxing.
Moderate consumption of alcohol can help raise your levels of HDL, or good cholesterol.
via: GettyAccording to the Mayo Clinic, red wine can offer benefits to your heart. The key is drinking alcohol in moderation.
Indulge in dark chocolate and also take advantage of its heart-healthy benefits.
via: GettyDark chocolate can be good for you. It reduces inflammation and your risk of heart disease.
Our pets offer more than good company and unconditional love.
via: GettyThey're also therapeutic. Give them a good petting and it's beneficial for both of you.
Eliminating stress while driving can help lower your blood pressure and stress levels.
via: GettyBeing stuck in traffic can make anyone feel ragey. Taking the scenic route home can help.
Eating a nutritious breakfast every day can help maintain a healthy diet and weight.
via: GettyThe first meal of the day is an important one, and my personal favorite.
Chronic stress, anxiety, and anger can raise your risk of heart issues.
via: GettyA positive outlook on life can help you stay healthier longer. Find your mental happy place and savor the moment.