In general we as women need to take better care of ourselves! We have the tendency to multi-task ourselves into mental and physical exhaustion. We take care of our children, our husbands or boyfriends, our extended family and our communities by helping them be successful in their projects.
By the time we have given energy to all these different people we seldom have time to focus on our most important asset, our health. As a result we have aches, pains, fatigue and persistent health problems that we ignore or put off for another time. This can be dangerous and damaging to our health.
Symptoms show up in our life to tell us that we are moving out of balance with our health. Symptoms serve as an alarm to let us know we need to make changes to the way we are living our lives.
Often any one symptom can be associated with more than one chronic disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or autoimmune disorder. Addressing the symptoms when they first come to the surface allow you to do two things.
First they allow you and your doctor to set a new baseline for your health so that in the future you can be more sensitive to new symptoms when they arise. Second, they allow you to catch a potentially dangerous health condition when it is happening or very soon after it has happened so you can get medical attention more quickly.
Heart attacks are an example of a disease that may show up with atypical symptoms, that we as women need to be aware of.
In the last several years the American Heart Association has started a campaign during February to raise awareness about heart disease symptoms in women. We now know women can experience different symptoms than the tradition “chest pain”.
In women our symptoms can seem much more subtle instead of chest pain, women may have unexplained shortness of breath, or pain or pressure in other areas than the chest, including the jaw, neck, arms, back or stomach. There are other ambiguous symptoms like weakness, extreme fatigue, a feeling of indigestion, nausea, dizziness, or lower chest discomfort.