Passing Chest Pain
Periodically, you get what feels like a bad case of heartburn, or a tight squeezing sensation, as if you're being laced into a corset.
The culprit: You probably just peppered your pizza with too many chilis. But if you know you're at risk for heart problems, don't blow it off—it could be a heart attack. Every year, about 10,000 women under 45 have one. Symptoms tend to be less severe in women than in men, so "you may just feel pressure, along with fatigue, throat pain or shortness of breath," Giardina says.
The fix: Feel the burn after feasting on chalupas? Normal. Feel as if you're being squeezed to death by a boa constrictor after a hard workout? Not normal. In younger women, a heart attack usually happens when you're working up a sweat. If that's the case, dial 911. Your doc will do an EKG to determine whether your heart has been damaged, then decide on the best treatment, whether it's clot-attacking drugs or surgery to clear your arteries.
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