Ladies, listen to your body. Even though heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, women often mistake the symptoms of heart attack to less life-threatening conditions like the flu or aging.
At least 10% of women experience no chest pain during a heart attack. Although the classic signs of heart attack, like crushing chest pain or arm pain, can happen to any individual experiencing a cardiac emergency, women don’t always get the same classic symptoms as men.
If you are experiencing the following signs of heart attack, seek immediate medical attention or call 911:
· Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or pain in center of chest.
· Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
· Shortness of breath.
· Nausea, dizziness or general feeling of discomfort.
When a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. Approximately every 40 seconds, an American will have a heart attack.
Seton Medical Center Harker Heights is an Accredited Chest Pain Center with access to life-saving support services. Facilities that have received this accreditation have achieved a high level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack.
Schedule an appointment with your provider to learn your personal risk for heart disease. To find a Wellstone provider, click here.