Like men, women’s most common symptom is chest pain or discomfort. However, many may not have this symptom, therefore ladies may overlook the other symptoms of a pending heart attack. Their warning signs are non-specific and often easily overlooked. Remember, only 40% of women having a heart attack actually realized they were, because they didn't have chest pain.
Women are more likely than men to experience the other common symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
Woman's Warning Signs:
If you think you might be having a heart attack, follow these 3 critical, yet simple steps.
Your instinct might be to drive yourself or a loved one to the emergency room yourself. But it's important that you wait for emergency services. Not only can they help treat you on your way to the ER, you can be treated much faster and more effectively when the appropriate hospital has been notified and is awaiting your arrival. Remember, quick treatment can minimize the damage to your heart.
*One full aspirin is 325mg or the equivalent of four baby aspirin. Do not take aspirin if you have a history of aspirin allergy or bleeding.
Angioplasty is the artery-opening procedure performed by cardiologists in a catheterization lab. The cardiologist inserts a thin wire inside the blocked artery, inflating a small balloon that pushes the clot against the artery wall, restoring blood flow. The time it takes from the heart attack until the cardiac catheterization is critical because heart muscle can be damaged quickly without adequate blood flow.
Because angioplasty is 90 to 95 percent effective, the Emergency Department and cardiac catheterization teams at Missouri Baptist work closely together to ensure patients are treated as quickly as possible.
For more information on heart attack treatment, call us at 314-996-3627 or contact us online.