Women & Heart Disease: Help Stop the #1 Killer of Women

A heart attack strikes someone about every 34 seconds. It occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. This happens because the arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly become thicker and harder from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances (plaque). 

Many women think they know signs of a heart attack - the classic pain in the chest, shortness of breath, discomfort in the arms, neck, back or stomach and feeling nauseated, lightheaded or breaking into a cold sweat. 

Did you know for women the signs of a heart attack are less dramatic and are often interrupted as flu like symptoms? Watch Just a Little Heart Attach by Go Red for Women and features Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks. Share this video with women you love and take our Heart Health Risk Assessment to learn if you are at risk for developing heart disease. 


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.

Are you at risk for developing heart disease? Take the Heart Health Risk Assessment to learn if you are at risk. 


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