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February is American Heart Month!

Heart Attack Symptoms Are Often Missed by Women

Are you at risk for having a heart attack? Do you know the the primary ways to prevent a heart attack? Think it could never happen to you? Check out this great video from the American Heart Association.

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Prevent a Heart Attack

Reduce Your Risk
Woman with Chest Pain Having Heart Attack

  • Get active and lose weight
  • Control cholesterol and eat better
  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Reduce your blood sugar
  • Stop smoking

Know The Symptoms
Heart disease is the number one killer of American women, and unfortunately, many women miss the signs of a heart attack because the symptoms are subtle.

“Although men and women can experience chest pressure that feels like an elephant sitting across the chest, women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure, ” said Nieca Goldberg, M.D., medical director for the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and an American Heart Association volunteer. “Instead they may experience shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, upper back pressure or extreme fatigue.”

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Lightheadedness

If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 and get to a hospital right away.

Get additional details and read the entire list of symptoms.

What Are My Chances of Getting Heart Disease?

To help you remember the symptoms, save this infographic.

Heart Attack Risk Factors and Prevention

Get CPR Training

Protect the men and women in your life by preparing yourself. According to the American Heart Association, 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home, so the life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be that of someone you love.

If you haven’t renewed your CPR certification recently, now is a great time to do so. At Critical Care Training Center, we have a wide variety of course offerings at our North Hollywood location.

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