As a proud local sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, MUSC wants to empower all South Carolinian women to take charge of their heart health.
If you’re a woman, would you recognize the symptoms if you were having a heart attack? Most importantly, what would you do?
As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But it’s important to note that women are more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Symptoms of a heart attack:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that 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, vomiting or lightheadedness.
The Women’s Heart Care program at MUSC educates women about the risk factors and unique symptoms of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular disease to encourage prevention, early detection and effective treatment.
Watch Charleston’s own Keisha Hawes in this Go Red For Women video about heart disease in women (she’s the third one in), and see that heart disease and stroke can affect women of all ages. Please share it with all the women you know. The more women we tell, the more lives we can save.