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Millions of women may not know that excessive sweating is a symptom of a heart attack, a poll suggests

Millions of women have no idea that sweating or feeling light-headed are symptoms of a heart attack, poll suggests

  • Figures show that around 180,000 people suffer a heart attack every year in the UK
  • Chances of survival decrease without early treatment, according to medical experts
  • Poll of 2,000 women found that only 57% know that sweating is a symptom of a heart attack
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Millions of women may not know that excessive sweating is a symptom of a heart attack, a poll suggests.

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Figures show that around 180,000 people suffer a heart attack every year in the UK. Chances of survival decrease without early treatment.

But the survey of 2000 women found that only 57 percent know that sweating is one of the many symptoms of a heart attack.

Millions of women may not know that excessive sweating is a symptom of a heart attack, a poll suggests

Millions of women may not know that excessive sweating is a symptom of a heart attack, a poll suggests

And only 59 and 64 percent knew that feeling light-headed or being sick were also signs of a heart attack – the medical term for a heart attack.

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Dr. Sarah Brewer, medical director of Healthspan, who commissioned the study, said: "There is a huge misconception among women that they are not at risk.

"This is not only wrong, but for some it can be the difference between life and death if they don't take the symptoms or the risk of a heart attack seriously."

Chest pain is the most common sign of a heart attack. The NHS warns cough, wheezing, shortness of breath are all symptoms.

Heart attacks are usually caused by cardiovascular disease, which can be caused by smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes.

The research also showed that more than one in ten women mistakenly believe that only men should worry about heart problems.

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And about one in eight does not believe that women suffer from heart attacks, while one in four thinks they would experience different symptoms than men.

The alarming survey comes after myth-busting research last month showed that women have the same heart attack symptoms as men.

Experts have long believed that women experience heart attacks in a different way – one of the reasons that is often given for doctors who miss so many female attacks.

But the University of Edinburgh study found that the symptoms were actually very similar – and said that both sexes should recognize the warning signs and act accordingly.

Heart attacks differ from cardiac arrest, which occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body.

WHAT IS A HEART ATTACK

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Figures suggest that 180,000 hospital visits occur every year for heart attacks in the UK, while there are around 800,000 in the US every year.

A heart attack, medically known as a heart attack, occurs when the blood supply to the heart is suddenly blocked.

Symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, and feeling weak and anxious.

Heart attacks are usually caused by cardiovascular disease, which can be caused by smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Treatment is usually medication to resolve clots or surgery to remove the blockage.

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Reduce your risk by not smoking, exercising regularly and drinking moderately.

Heart attacks are different from cardiac arrest, which occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body, usually due to a problem with electrical signals in the organ.

Source: NHS Choices

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