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Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Possible heart attack symptoms in men and women:

•    Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
•    Pain that travels down one or both arms
•    Jaw pain
•    Nausea
•    Fatigue
•    Anxiety
•    Back pain
•    Shortness of breath
•    Feeling of fullness
•    Mild chest symptoms (pressure, burning, aching, tightness) that    come and go

Heart Attack Signs in Women

Many women may never have chest pains before a heart attack. Additionally, women often experience physical symptoms for as a long as a month before a heart attack.

The most common symptoms that women experience before a heart attack include:

•    Unusual fatigue
•    Sleep disturbance
•    Shortness of breath
•    Indigestion

During an actual heart attack, common symptoms in women include:

•    Shortness of breath
•    Weakness
•    Unusual fatigue
•    Cold sweat
•    Dizziness


If You Believe You Are Having a Heart Attack

•    Call 911. Tell the operator "I think I'm having a heart attack."
•    Chew one adult strength aspirin or four baby aspirin. Keep supplies in areas where you spend time, as well as in your pocket or purse.
•    If at home, unlock your front door to enable paramedics to get to you quickly.
•    If possible, have a wallet card ready with your medical history and current medications.

Call 911 - Don't Drive Yourself to a Hospital

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