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SYMPTOMS OF HEART ATTACK MOST OFTEN REPORTED BY WOMEN • Chest pain or discomfort (ex. pressure, tightness or burning) • Pain in the jaw, neck, arm or back • Abnormal excessive sweating • Shortness of breath • Stomach pain or discomfort, or feelings of nausea or indigestion OTHER ACCOMPANYING OR ASSOCIATED SYMPTOMS • Unusual weakness or fatigue • Back, shoulder or right arm pain • Sleep disturbance • Dizziness or light-headedness • Fast or irregular heartbeat
Heart attack symptoms are not recognized in over 50% of women. Women are more likely to present with 3 or more symptoms in addition to chest pain.
If you think someone is having a heart attack, seek immediate medical attention.
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