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Women often experience different symptoms of heart attack than men.


The signs of heart attack may not be as noticeable as in the movies, but symptoms of a heart attack should never be ignored. Common warning signs include:

  • pain or discomfort in the chest;
  • upper body (stomach, arms, back, neck, jaw) pain;
  • shortness of breath;
  • cold sweat;
  • nausea; or
  • light-headedness.

Women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, don't wait! Call 9-1-1 within the first five minutes of onset. Acting quickly can save precious heart tissue from damage and could save a life.

Click here to learn more about the symptoms of heart attack, and how a healthy lifestyle can reduce a person's risk of developing many chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.

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