Myocardial infarction, more commonly called a heart attack, occurs when
the flow of blood to the heart is disrupted. In most cases, blood flow
becomes obstructed due to a build-up of fatty deposits in the coronary
arteries. Eventually, a deposit or plaque can rupture and form a blood
clot. If the blood clot is large enough, it can block circulation through
the artery and cause a heart attack. Because a heart attack can quickly
cause irreversible damage to the heart muscle, it’s crucial to recognize
the signs that
emergency care is needed. For emergency care in the Las Vegas area, Sunrise Hospital
and Medical Center is available around the clock.
Crushing chest pain is perhaps the most easily recognizable heart attack
symptom. However, women often experience discomfort associated with a
cardiac event differently than men. When women suffer from chest pain,
they’re more likely to experience it as pressure, squeezing, or
even a sensation of fullness. Women may experience discomfort elsewhere
in the upper body, including the back, neck, jaw, shoulders, arms, and abdomen.
Not all of the symptoms of a heart attack necessarily have to occur simultaneously
and abruptly. Fatigue is one possible sign of a heart attack that women
may experience days or weeks ahead of the event itself. Women may feel
unusually exhausted and short of breath when doing simple, everyday tasks.
Flu-like symptoms can include dizziness and lightheadedness. Nausea, indigestion,
cold sweats, and clammy skin can also occur. Women are advised to take
these symptoms seriously, especially if they occur along with other possible
signs of a cardiac event.
It’s often difficult to determine the difference between a panic
attack and a heart attack based on symptoms alone. Both can cause feelings
of impending doom or extreme anxiety, especially in women. Diagnostic
tests at the emergency care department can quickly reveal whether a woman
has suffered a heart attack.
The Heart Center at
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center treats more cardiology patients than any other heart hospital in the greater
Las Vegas area. Our emergency care, heart health, and stroke care providers
are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of healthcare excellence.
If you would like to learn more about the services available at our heart
hospital, you can call (702) 233-5300 and speak with a registered nurse.