Heart Attack in Women
Do you know that heart attack symptoms in women aren’t always the same as they are for men? In fact, some women don’t get the crushing chest pain we see in the movies. Instead, they often experience symptoms that aren’t traditionally connected with heart attack.
Recognize common heart attack symptoms in women.
- Upper body discomfort: in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Chest discomfort: an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of your chest that lasts for several minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Shortness of breath during or before chest discomfort.
- Other signs: like cold sweat, nausea/vomiting, or lightheadedness.
Don’t second guess. If you suspect you or a loved one is having a heart attack, call 911.
Act now to lower your risk for heart attack:
- Find calming activities and spend time with supportive people so you can lower your stress.
- Ask family members about their health history. Share it with your doctor.
- Learn about ProMedica’s programs to help you stop smoking and avoid a heart attack.
- Lose the weight. Choose foods that are plant based, like fruit and vegetables; high in fiber; and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, walnuts, or flaxseeds.
Talk to your ProMedica doctor about how you can be heart healthy and avoid a heart attack.