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Monday, February 4, 2019

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Oklahomans, for both men and women. But a heart attack can feel very different for a woman – and knowing the signs could save your life.

Symptoms common for both women and men:

  • Chest pain (discomfort, pressure, tightness, squeezing, burning or fullness)
  • Pain radiating to arms, neck or jaw
  • Anxiety/fear
  • Profuse sweating

Heart attack symptoms more common for women:

  1. Upper body pain in neck, shoulder, back or stomach
  2. Shortness of air
  3. Dizziness
  4. Nausea/vomiting
  5. Indigestion
  6. Palpitations
  7. Atypical fatigue 

If you experience these signs, do NOT wait and do NOT drive. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

While these symptoms can easily be confused with a panic attack, if you are experiencing chest pain, you should play it safe and call 9-1-1.

Stop heart attacks before they start

Research indicates that 85 percent of sudden heart attacks may be prevented through early diagnosis and treatment. Fortunately, early diagnosis is easy and affordable with cardiac scoring – a noninvasive test for measuring calcium content in your coronary arteries. Cardiac scoring is at least 10 times more powerful as a predictor of coronary artery disease episodes than cholesterol screening.

Think you’re too young to be at risk? About 45 percent of all heart attacks occur in people younger than 65. You should schedule a heart scan if you have any of these risk factors:

  • Over age 35 for men and 40 for women
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive stress
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Call 405-307-2290 today to schedule a $35 heart scan.

It only takes about 10 minutes, and you don’t need a referral.

Learn more about women’s heart care at Norman Regional.