Knowing the warning signs of heart attack could save your life.

A heart attack isn’t always chest pain. You could experience one or a combination of the signs below when having a heart attack.

 

Warning Signs of Heart Attack in Women

Jaw

You may feel an ache or tightness in and around your lower jaw on one or both sides. This discomfort can spread from your chest to your jaw.

 

Neck

You may feel a general discomfort in your neck, or a choking or burning feeling in your throat. The discomfort may spread from your chest or shoulders to your neck.

 

Back

You may feel a dull ache in between your shoulder blades. This discomfort can spread from your chest to your back.

 

Shoulders

You may experience a general ache, heaviness or pressure around one or both of your shoulders. This discomfort may spread from your chest to your shoulders.

 

Arms

You may feel pain, discomfort, heaviness or uselessness in one or both arms. This may also feel like numbness or tingling. This discomfort may spread from your chest to your arms.

 

Chest

You may feel pain, heaviness, tightness pressure or a crushing sensation in the centre of your chest. This discomfort may be mild and make you feel generally unwell.

 

You may also feel:

Dizzy, breakout in a cold sweat, nauseous or find it difficult to breathe or take a deep breath due to a tight or constricted feeling in your chest.

If symptoms are severe, get worse or persist for 10 minutes, call triple zero (000) immediately.

 

electrocardiogram

 

What to do

  1. Stop and rest now
  2. Tell someone how you feel

If you take angina medicine

  • Take a dose of your medicine
  • Wait 5 minutes. Still have symptoms? Take another dose of your medicine
  • Wait 5 minutes. Symptoms won’t go away? Are the symptoms severe or getting worse? Have your symptoms lasted 10 minutes?
  1. Call 000
  • Ask for ambulance
  • Don’t hang up
  • Wait for the operator’s instructions
  • Chew 300mg aspirin, unless you have a allergy to aspirin or your doctor has told you not to take it.
  • If calling Triple Zero (000) does not work on your mobile, try 112.

 

Sources credit: Heart Foundation

For more information, visit invisiblevisible.org.au

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