Women – Take Heart!

We all know that women have plenty of heart. We’re the big-hearted givers of hugs and high fives, the caretakers, the ones who’ll break your heart if you’re not careful, and the ones you run to when your heart aches.

But it’s a lesser known fact that women, especially African American women, are also the ones at high risk for a heart attack. And even more importantly, many people don’t know that for women, a heart attack often presents with different symptoms than the ones we normally associate with a heart attack, for example, the chest gripping pain men might experience. The American Heart Association states that women need to be aware of the following:


Heart Attack Signs in Women

If you have any of these signs, call 911 and get to a hospital right away. Do not drive yourself to the hospital. EMS can help stabilize heart attack patients enroute if necessary.

Heart attacks and strokes don’t discriminate – they happen to people of all ages, genders and races. However, some people and groups of people are at a higher risk. With more than two million heart attacks and strokes occurring each year in the U.S., it’s important to know your risk.

You could be at increased risk for a heart attack or stroke if you are:

Take a quiz to learn your 10-year risk of a heart attack.


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