Dee Anderson didn't think her extreme fatigue was a warning signal until a doctor told her she was having a heart attack. Like many, she had been ignoring the signs.
"Pressure, slight pressure in my chest that ran across the chest. Not in one particular spot. No pain, no stabbing pain or anything like that" Dee said. Men and women don't typically have the same heart attack symptoms. Often, women don't realize they are having a heart attack. Their symptoms can be much more subtle.
Women may have unusual fatigue for months, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting. They may have chest pain or discomfort or any abnormal feeling in the upper part of the body like the stomach, back, arms, neck or throat.
Two weeks after her first bout of chest tightness, Dee's symptoms got worse. It wasn't just a pressure anymore or a discomfort, it was an ache, like a bad tooth ache. She felt the same ache in her elbows and her chest. Dee called her doctor - who told her to get to the er - saving her heart and her life.