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Do You Know the Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women?


Symptoms of a heart attack can include:

  •  Chest pain. You may feel uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain in the center or left side of your chest. It can range from mild to severe, and the feeling may come and then seemingly pass.
  • Discomfort in other parts of your body, such as the neck, arms, jaw, back, or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat

Women are more likely to have these heart attack symptoms:

  •  Unusual fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Discomfort in your abdomen. It may seem like indigestion.
  • Discomfort in the neck, shoulder, or upper back

Call 911 right away. Don’t wait to see if the symptoms dissipate. It’s important to start treatment immediately. If you're unable to call 911, have someone else drive you to the emergency room. Don’t drive yourself!

What to do before the ambulance arrives:

Stop all activity and try to remain calm.
If your health care provider has recommended that you take an aspirin if you think you’re having a heart attack, do so. If not, ask the 911 operator.
If you’re with someone who might be having a heart attack and becomes unconscious, start CPR. If you don’t know how, the 911 dispatcher can talk you through the steps until help arrives.

What to do now:
Always discuss this and other health topics with your provider on your next visit with The Women's Center. We're here to help you stay healthy, stay safe and to help you know what to do if you are experiencing symptoms for lfe threatening conditions like possible heart attacks and strokes. Remember to call 911 if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, and call us at 407.857.2502 for your next OBGYN visit. We're here for you!

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