Women: Know Your Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Step No. 2: Know the Symptoms of Heart Disease

We know that there are many different symptoms of cardiovascular disease, particularly heart attack or myocardial infarction. So, it's important to be familiar with them:

  • Left-sided chest pain
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Symptoms of heartburn that which are unrelieved with typical remedies
  • Numbness, tingling, fullness or discomfort in the jaw, left shoulder pain or pain that radiates down the left arm

If you experience these symptoms, or think that you might be having a heart attack, call 911 immediately for transport to the nearest emergency department.

If possible, chew an aspirin and let the paramedics know that you have done so once they arrive.

If you have a history of angina and have your nitroglycerin handy, use the spray or place a tablet under your tongue and repeat every five minutes for a total of three times until emergency help arrives.

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