Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States , taking the lives of 1 in 3 women each year — approximately one woman every minute.
For more information about women and heart disease, download the The Healthy Heart Handbook.
Early Heart Attack Care
More than 50 percent of heart attack patients experience early warning signs of heart attack. If recognized in time, the heart attack can be prevented with early treatment before the heart sustains any damage.
Early signs and symptoms that can begin hours or days before a heart attack:
- Pain that travels down one or both arms
- Jaw pain
- Chest pressure, squeezing, burning, aching or tightness.
- Back pain
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling of fullness
- Sleep disturbances, including bouts of insomnia or trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep
These symptoms may come and go until becoming constant and severe. Remember, people may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms.
If you experience any of these symptoms — or witness someone who is — ensure proper and urgent medical treatment or call 911 immediately.
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Our blood-pumping ability decreases as we age. If severe, this loss can damage the heart muscle and result in heart failure. Heart failure is not the same as heart attack.
Conditions that damage the heart muscle and can lead to heart failure include:
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Past heart attack or myocardial infarction
- Coronary artery disease
- Abnormal heart valves
- Heart defects present at birth or congenital heart disease
- Heart muscle disease — dilated cardiomyopathy or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Heart muscle inflammation or myocarditis
- Severe lung disease
There are a number of signs and symptoms associated with heart failure, including:
- Shortness of breath when you exert yourself or lie down
- Persistent coughing
- Swelling in the legs, ankles or feet
- Sudden weight gain from retaining fluid
- Difficulty concentrating or decreased alertness
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Other heart and lung problems can cause symptoms similar to those of heart failure. If you have been told you have heart failure and your symptoms worsen or you develop new symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.