Heart Attack Signs In Women, From Sharon Mulvagh, MD (VIDEO)

Feb 24, 2014 | Updated Feb 24, 2014

Mayo Clinic cardiologist Sharon Mulvagh, MD, had some important information to share with us regarding the signs of a heart attack in women.

The most important symptom is chest pain, pressure or tightness, similar to the sensation of a constricting band around the chest. About 60% of women experience this symptom when they are having a heart attack.

40% of women experience sustained pain in other isolated areas of their body, like their neck, jaw, arm or shoulder blades.

Other symptoms include shortness of breath, excessive sweating, nausea, vomiting or light-headedness. The most important thing to do, according to Dr. Mulvagh, is to go see a doctor if you feel an “impending sense of doom,” or that something might be wrong. If you think you might be experiencing a heart attack, call 911 and do not insist on having anyone drive you to the hospital except for a medical professional. If you have aspirin on-hand, then chew one adult strength aspirin or four baby aspirin on the way to the hospital.

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For informational purposes only. Please talk to your doctor about your individual situation. If you're having symptoms of a heart attack, call 911.

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