Symptoms of Heart Attack in Women
According to the American Heart Association, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Other symptoms may include pain in one or both arms, stomach pain, and feeling faint or lightheaded.
Starting at midlife, heart disease is the greatest threat to a woman’s health. According to the American Heart Association, each year heart disease takes twice as many women’s lives as breast cancer and all the other forms of cancers combined. And the risk for heart disease and stroke increases as women age.
The good news is that many of the same preventative measures recommended to reduce cancer risk also apply to heart disease: quit smoking; exercise regularly; eat a healthier, anti-inflammatory diet; and reduce stress. AAMC offers a wide variety of prevention and wellness services to help women maintain heart health, including smoking cessation, nutrition counseling, and weight management and exercise programs.
Women should also get regular cardiovascular screenings. Our physicians are available to discuss and recommend options for testing, including the high-sensitivity marker for for C-reactive protein (CRP) which can detect early inflammation. And should you experience heart issues, our multidisciplinary cardiac team provides state-of-the-art care, including elective and emergency angioplasty procedures. We also offer an extensive cardiac rehabilitation program.