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Make The Call, Don’t Miss A Beat - Heart Attack Information For Women

Posted Mar 16 2011 3:51pm


A woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States. Yet according to a 2009 American Heart Association survey only half of women indicated they would call 9-1-1 if they thought they were having a heart attack and few were aware of the most common heart attack symptoms.

The campaign, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, encourages woman to make the call to 9-1-1 immediately if they experience one or more of the heart attack symptoms listed below. Click on the list for more information about each symptom.

Know the Symptoms

Unusually heavy pressure on the chest, like there’s a ton of weight on you
Sharp upper body pain in the neck, back, and jaw
Severe shortness of breath
Cold sweats, and you know it’s not menopause
Unusual or unexplained fatigue (tiredness)
Unfamiliar dizziness or light-headedness
Unexplained nausea (feeling sick to the stomach) or vomiting

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