|Article and photo submitted by Nadine Bray, Chairman of|
The women's Issues Committee of the Brunswick Town
Chapter of the DAR.
It’s important to know what the signs and symptoms look like – knowing how to spot them can be the difference between a loved one living and dying.
Unusually heavy pressure on the chest, like there’s a ton of weight on you. Most heart attacks involve chest pain or discomfort in the center or left side of the chest. It usually lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. It may even feel like heartburn or indigestion.
Sharp upper body pain in the neck, back and jaw.
sudden and unusual or unexplained fatigue (tiredness) is one of the most common symptoms of heart attack in women, and one of the easiest to ignore. It can come on suddenly or be present for days. More than half of women having a heart attack experience muscle tiredness or weakness that is not related to exercise.
Unfamiliar dizziness or light-headedness.
Many women have symptoms like sweating, tiredness, and nausea sometimes. The most important thing to remember is that NEW symptoms, or a change in the pattern of your existing symptoms, are cause for concern. Call 9-1-1 right away if you have symptoms.