Know the signs of heart attack and when to seek help.

Did you know that according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, heart disease is the number one killer of women? Make it a point to understand the warning signs for females. It could save your life or save the life of a loved one. Remember, heart disease doesn’t discriminate. Men and women should both be aware of the signs of heart attack.

What are universal symptoms of heart attack?
For the most part, women experience heart attack symptoms the same way that men do. Common symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath and dizziness. These are obvious signs of heart attack and should always be a sign to seek emergency care immediately.

How do women experience heart attack symptoms?
While these symptoms aren’t exclusive to women, they are more frequently confused for other issues when experienced by women. Keep these symptoms and signs in mind so you know when to seek help:

  • Nausea. This is a symptom that is actually more common for women than for men. In fact, womenshealth.gov explains that women are two times as likely to experience nausea when having a heart attack.
  • Severe upper body pain. Women can experience heart attack pain in areas outside of the chest, such as pain in the jaw.
  • Unusual sweating. Women having signs of menopause may not recognize breaking out in a sweat as a possible heart attack symptom.
  • Extreme fatigue. Heart attack symptoms may manifest as severe fatigue. Women need to understand that this could be a sign of heart attack as well as other health concerns.

Be smart about heart attack symptoms
If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. It’s better to be cautious than ignore potential signs. Don’t wait for chest pain to occur if you think you might be having a heart attack.

Help prevent heart disease. North Hills Hospital is the first hospital in the United States to have a Cycle 4 Chest Pain Center. Visit North Hills Hospital's Heart Center online for more information on heart health and screenings, or call 1-855-5NHILLS for a physician referral.

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