Learn what health symptoms your body has that are warning signs you should take note of.
Unexplained throat pain
If you are a woman, this could possibly signal a heart attack. Women often report jaw and throat discomfort, nausea, sweating, and unexplained fatigue before an attack, whereas classic symptoms like chest and arm pain are more common in men. Every year heart disease kills 16,000 American women younger than 55 and puts 40,000 in the hospital, according to the American Heart Association.
Shortness of breath or fainting
If your blood iron levels are stable, these symptoms can indicate a blood clot in your lung artery, i.e. pulmonary embolism (PE). Only in the US, this condition claims about 60.000 lives every year. Also have in mind that putting on weight can increase the risk of PE.
Sudden weight loss
Weight loss is often a sign of serious health issues. It doesn’t necessarily mean that these issues are untreatable, but a visit to the doctor is a must.
Unusual vaginal bleeding
Any bleeding that occurs between periods, or spotting that follows the use of new contraceptives, can be a sigh of ectopic pregnancy, cervicitis or even cancer.
Persistent tummy trouble that lasts longer than a week
If you have diarrhea, cramping, or rectal bleeding, don’t wait weeks for it to vanish. Those symptoms could be signs of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis), which increases the risk of colon cancer. Even ovarian cancer can appear first as chronic gastrointestinal issues like pressure, bloating, indigestion, and constipation.
Women’s Health Magazine