February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to remember that every 90 seconds, a woman suffers a heart attack in the United States.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health's campaign, "Make the Call. Don't Miss a Beat" outlines the seven symptoms of a heart attack in women. If you have any of these symptoms, call 911. Even if the symptoms last only a few minutes, pick up the phone and call your doctor.
1. Heart attacks can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center or left side of the chest. It can last a few minutes or go away and come back. It can also resemble heart burn or indigestion.
2. Sharp upper body pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, shoulders, neck, jaw or upper stomach above the belly button can signal a heart attack.
3. Severe shortness of breath that comes on suddenly while you are at rest or performing physical activity is a warning sign.
4. Unexplained or excessive sweating that you know is not menopause.
5. Sudden or unusual tiredness that comes on suddenly or stays with you for days.
6. Sudden feeling of dizziness or light-headedness.
7. Unexplained nausea or vomiting.