Saturday, April 16, 2011

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Did you know: Women are less likely to survive heart attacks than men?


Most of us think there will be no doubt when we are experiencing a heart attack event. We believe the pain and discomfort will be sudden and intense. However, most heart attacks start slowly with mild pain or discomfort.

Here are some signs that we should quickly acknowledge:

Chest discomfort: It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing fullness or pain. It is discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back.

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: There can be pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

Shortness of breath: This can occur with or without chest discomfort.

Feeling faint, woozy or lightheaded:

Breaking out in a cold sweat:

Nausea, feeling sick to your stomach or vomiting:

Women are more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Women are also more likely to have less common signs of a heart attack like: heartburn, loss of appetite, feeling tired or weak, coughing, or heart flutter.

If you think you or someone else may be having a heart attack, don’t wait, call 911! Minutes matter!

Source: American Heart Association

Submitted by group member Pamela Perry

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