My friend was not the "typical" heart attack victim. She was healthy, fit and only 45 years old. Hers was an unusual type of heart attack, but recognizing the signs may have saved her life. Women are less likely to experience the feeling of "an elephant sitting on my chest" that many men experience. Often their symptoms are more subtle and can mimic other ailments. Learning CPR and knowing the symptoms could help you save a life, possibly even your own. Please share this list with everyone you know, both women and men, and don't hesitate to call 911 if you ever experience these symptoms. If it turns out to be indigestion you can live through the embarrassment -- you may not be so lucky if it turns out to be a heart attack.
Heart Attack Signs in Women
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea (including vomiting), or lightheadedness.
- As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort, but women are more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.
For more information go to www.heart.org