Heart Attack Signs & Symptoms

What are the signs of heart attack in women? Unfortunately, there aren't always symptoms.

Everyone knows the classic signs of heart attack: pressure, pain or tightness in the chest, arms, neck, back or jaw; shortness of breath with or without chest pain; nausea/vomiting and fatigue; light-headedness or cold-sweats. Do you recognize these as being symptoms or dismiss them as something else? The reason so many women die from heart attacks is because many experience no symptoms at all. That's why regular check-ups are so vital.

Don't Be a Statistic

After all, more than 60% of women who died suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. But if you do experience the warning signs of a heart attack, take immediate action:

  • Dial 9-1-1 for an ambulance. This is always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment when they arrive and are trained to revive a person whose heart has stopped. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance receive faster treatment at the hospital, too.
  • Chew and swallow with water one regular full-strength aspirin immediately to prevent blood clotting.
  • In some instances women presenting in an emergency room with these complaints are not taken seriously. But the physicians at North Kansas City Hospital are committed to excellence in gender-specific cardiovascular care.

Today heart attack and stroke victims benefit from new medications and treatments unavailable to patients in years past. Clot-busting drugs can stop some heart attacks and strokes in progress, reducing disability and saving lives. But these drugs must be given immediately following the onset of heart attack or stroke symptoms. So, don't delay—get help right away!

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