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Heart Attack and Atherosclerosis Prevention (cont.)

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What are the signs and symptoms of a heart attack in men and women?

Symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Chest discomfort or pain that may feel like pressure or tightness
  • Squeezing, or fullness discomfort in one or both arms
  • Back, neck, jaw or stomach pain
  • Shortness of breath, which may or may not be accompanied by chest discomfort
  • Nausea
  • Palpitations
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sweating

Sometimes people having a heart attack experience no symptoms at all. The medical term for this is silent ischemia, commonly referred to as a "silent" heart attack.

If you think you are experiencing signs of a heart attack, call 911 immediately!

Are signs and symptoms of a heart attack different in women?

Women also experience chest pain and discomfort as a symptom of a heart attack. But women are more likely than men to experience other symptoms including shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Sometimes the symptoms of a heart attack in women are more subtle, such as

  • pain in the upper abdomen
  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness or fainting
  • extreme fatigue

If you think you are experiencing signs of a heart attack, call 911 immediately!

What are the signs and symptoms of heart disease (cardiovascular disease)?

Heart disease is often called the silent killer, because often people do not experience symptoms until they have a fatal heart attack.
Early signs of heart disease include:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/24/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
https://www.medicinenet.com/heart_attack_and_atherosclerosis_prevention/article.htm

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