BOTH MEN AND WOMEN MAY EXPERIENCE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:
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. Diabetics are also more likely to experience the other common symptoms since they most often experience NO CHEST PAIN and have what is known as “silent,” or pain-free, heart attacks.
Do not drive yourself – EMS personnel can begin lifesaving treatment right away and determine if you are having a heart attack so that they can notify the hospital en route.
Early Heart Attack Care (or EHAC) education teaches you to recognize the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack. We want you to become an active bystander so you can save a life – even if it’s yours.
About 750,000 people in the U.S. have heart attacks each year. Of those, about 116,000 die. Many of these patients experienced early symptoms.
Learn the EARLY SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Someone might have one or more of these common symptoms. When they start, they can be mild or come and go. Over time, the symptoms and pain become more intense. Stay alert and always pay attention to chest pressure.
Here is more education from the American College of Cardiology about early heart attack care.
Our hands can do so many things, the most important of which may be saving someone’s life. Read about hands-only CPR here.
Most heart damage can occur within the first two hours of a heart attack. EHAC encourages you to know the subtle signs of a heart attack and act on them – BEFORE HEART DAMAGE OCCURS.
What are the risk factors?
These are the general risk factors. Discuss your risk with your doctor.
Why does it matter? Women may be less likely to seek immediate medical care which can cause more damage to the heart.
What are atypical presentations?
In an atypical presentation, the signs and symptoms are different. The patient may not complain about pain or pressure in the chest.
Be alert for the following: