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Knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke can mean the difference between a full recovery and long term disability. When you recognize the signs you should act promptly and seek medical attention by calling 911. Tell them you are having symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.
It may save your life or the life of your loved one.
Women are somewhat more likely to experience the following symptoms with or without chest discomfort, and often during exertion:
It's important to recognize the signs and symptoms of heart attack, and to know that symptoms may differ between men and women. For instance, women may feel shortness of breath, extreme fatigue or a sense of bad indigestion, but they do not recognize these symptoms as cardiac-related.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the third leading cause of death for women ages 25-44.
The following symptoms are common to both men and women. If you experience any of these, alone or in combination, you may be having a heart attack:
Don't hesitate. Call 911 for an ambulance. Tell them you suspect you are having a heart attack and to take you to Mercy’s Emergency Department.