It starts out like a normal day: get the kids ready, start a load of laundry, answer some calls, take care of the husband. Nothing different, but you feel off.
Maybe you have the flu.
You don't have time for the flu.
But you're sweaty. And your jaw is killing you. Definitely time to make a dentist appointment...when did that pain even start?
Your chest is tight. Yup, definitely the flu. But again, you don't have time for the flu. So you gulp down some orange juice and decide to deal with it later.
But what if it's more? What if this can't wait until later? If you were having a heart attack, would you know the symptoms? Most women don't.
- 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.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
- 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, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.
Don't wait until later to get checked out. Later might just be too late.
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