Put your health first
As a woman, you are probably busy with work, family, home and everything else. It can be all too easy to ignore or put off your own needs. But when it comes to your health, it’s important to put yourself first. If you experience any of the following symptoms, take immediate action.
- Shortness of breath
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. But we tend to dismiss the symptoms, thinking they will just go away. In addition to shortness of breath, watch for other heart attack symptoms, such as chest pain, pressure, back and jaw pain, nausea, and cold sweats. If you suspect a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
- Sudden numbness
Call 911 if you experience sudden numbness or weakness in your face, arms, or legs. You may be having a stroke. Other symptoms of a stroke include sudden confusion or difficulty speaking, seeing out of one eye, or difficulty walking. Make sure people around you know the signs of a stroke. This can be difficult to recognize in yourself.
- Heavy or painful menstruation
When it comes to your monthly cycle, you know what’s normal. If your periods are abnormally heavy and painful, it’s time to see your doctor. These symptoms may indicate a gynecological condition, such as uterine fibroids, the most common cancer in women of reproductive age. There are treatments for uterine fibroids and other gynecological conditions that can cause heavy or painful periods.
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
Also, consult your gynecologist if you experience bleeding between periods or after menopause. Although abnormal bleeding can occur for a variety of reasons, gynecological cancers such as cervical and uterine cancer are common. Endometrial hyperplasia is a non-cancerous cause of abnormal bleeding when the lining of the uterus grows thick.