If you think heart attacks are for men only, then think again.
Many women tend to think only men have heart attacks, so they ignore or misread the symptoms; chest pain, dizziness, sweating, nausea; and wait hours before calling 911 or going to the emergency department.
Getting immediate medical help vastly improves the chances of surviving a heart attack. Recognizing the symptoms and acting quickly can also minimize damage to the heart muscle.
Heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States. If you experience the symptoms of a heart attack, don't wait - get help immediately.
For more information about heart disease and women, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445, then press 1, from 2 - 10 p.m., 7 days a week or send an e-mail.