It might be a headache that keeps coming back, or maybe you lost a few pounds without meaning to. If you’ve noticed small changes in your health, you may be tempted to shrug them off, but something small may be a sign of a more serious issue with your health. Here are five symptoms women shouldn’t ignore:
Shortness of Breath
If you’ve noticed that you don’t have your usual energy, or that it’s harder than normal to exercise, you may want to talk with your doctor. Unexplained shortness of breath is an early symptom of lung disease.
Trouble with Your Vision
After a long day, you may blame eyestrain if your vision seems blurry. But a sudden vision problem in one or both eyes may be a sign of stroke. Seek medical care right away.
A Change on the Scale
Losing weight without trying can be an early symptom of cancer. If you’ve shed or gained weight without changing your diet or activity level, make an appointment to see your doctor to determine the cause.
A Headache You Can’t Shake
Headaches are common, but they can also be a sign of something more serious such as a tumor or stroke (especially if combined with loss of balance and/or weakness on one side). If you’ve had a headache that’s more severe than you’ve ever had, or one that lasts for days, see your doctor right away. If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of a stroke, call 911.
Sudden, Unexplained Fatigue
An overloaded schedule may be the first thing you blame when you feel tired, but severe tiredness, especially out of the blue, is a common symptom of heart attack in women. Other symptoms of a heart attack can include a feeling of pressure in your chest, severe shortness of breath, and unexplained nausea or vomiting. Call 911 to seek emergency medical care right away if you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack.
You know your body better than anyone, but if you can’t explain a nagging symptom, talk with your doctor.
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