Signs of a Heart Attack

Recently, one of my friends started to feel really nauseous in the middle of the night.  She was unable to sleep and contacted another friend who suggested and took her to the hospital.  Turns out the nausea was not from an over sized meal earlier in the day.  It was a mild heart attack!

Would I have suspected that?  Would you?

Heart Attack Signs in Women

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

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21 thoughts on “Signs of a Heart Attack

  1. This is such an important post, because women can indeed experience different symptoms from the classic heart attack symptoms. And they often talk themselves out of seeking help, thinking, ‘Oh, I can’t be having a heart attack.’ Hope your friend is okay. Glad she sought out help.

        • Suppose that is very true!

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  2. I had chest pain yesterday; luckily for me it was just sore pectoral muscles. A couple of years ago I had trouble breathing and chest pressure, so I went to the ER at the hospital where I work. They suspected heart attack and gave me a clot busting drug, which I later learned had a 1 or 2 percent chance of killing me. Yikes! I was transferred via ground ambulance to a heart center, where charges rose over $20k for a two day stay. It wasn’t a heart attack, but some unidentified respiratory ailment that passed and hasn’t returned. Always better safe than sorry. This experience gave me some perspective on life and death. Life is a blessing!!! 🙂

  3. This post is so important for all women. Heart disease is one of the highest killers of women, and it is get to start the conversation and bring awareness to the issue.

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