Dr Oz: Breast Pain vs Heart Attack Signs
Many women accept sore breasts as a normal of their menstrual cycle, but could breast pain be due to a more serious threat to your heart and your overall health? Dr. Oz asked for an Assistant of the Day to help him explain how to tell if your breast pain is normal or if it could be a sign of a heart attack.
Dr Oz: Is Breast Soreness Normal?
Most women have experienced breast soreness or tenderness, but Dr. Oz says that breast pain could be due to something more serious, like a heart problem. He shared how to differentiate the pain you are having and how to know when not to worry and when you should see your doctor.
- A dull breast pain that seems to get worse with age is usually pretty normal and while it can be pretty uncomfortable, Dr. Oz says it is not something to be concerned about. He recommends purchasing a bra with a thick strap that is supportive with an underwire and light padding to alleviate your discomfort.
- Breast soreness is also very normal, especially during a woman’s cycle because of the surge of hormones, but Dr. Oz has a tip to ease your pain. Take an anti-inflammatory medication or apply an anti-inflammatory cream directly to your breast for pain relief.
- If you feel pressure in your breast, especially if it comes and goes, it is most likely due to a heart attack. Dr. Oz says if the pressure is combined with lightheadedness, shortness of breath, and fatigue then they are all warning signs, which is why he recommends carrying an Aspirin with you at all times. If you think you are having a heart attack, chew the Aspirin immediately and call 9-1-1.