You've probably heard heart attack symptoms are different for men and women, but do you know what you're looking out for?

Today we want to focus on the symptoms for women when it comes to heart attacks. According to the American Heart Association, there are 5 key symptoms women should watch out for. These symptoms are:

  1. 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.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat 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're experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Every second counts when it comes to saving your heart.

Another thing to remember is to not blow off any of these feelings as "something else." Many times women say they felt they were just getting sick. We don't know how many times we've heard someone say "I thought I was getting the flu," or "I was just feeling under-the-weather," and then they end up in the hospital... Because they had a heart attack.



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