We've all seen men buckle down to the sidewalk clutching their chests out of pain on the big screen, but is a heart attack the same for women? Throughout this campaign we've learned more than we ever thought we needed to know about heart disease in women...starting with this disease being the #1 killer of women. Naturally, we assumed (wrongfully so) that heart attacks were the same in women as they are in men.
1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. This pain can last for 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 our without comfort.
4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
Don't discount chest pain just because you're female. Women will still experience the same chest discomfort that is the tell-tale sign of a heart attack in men, but are more likely to experience other symptoms like nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Women are known to chalk up their symptoms to less threatening problems like the flu or acid reflux, but if you have a family history of heart disease it's important to call a doctor if you experience one or more of the above symptoms.