Women's Heart Health

The Make the Call. Don’t Miss A Beat. campaign aims to educate, engage and empower women and their families on the seven symptoms of a heart attack that most commonly present themselves in women. Unfortunately, according to the AHA survey knowledge of the heart attack warning signs did not appreciably differ from 1997. Only half of women recognized chest pain and pain in the arm, neck and shoulders as the typical symptoms of a heart attack. Awareness was significantly lower when identifying other common heart attack symptoms, including shortness of breath (29 percent), chest tightness (17 percent), nausea (15 percent), and fatigue (7 percent).

The Office on Women’s Health urges women to make the call to 9-1-1 immediately, if they experience any one or more of the following symptoms:

• Chest pain, discomfort, pressure or squeezing
• Shortness of breath
• Nausea
• Light-headedness or sudden dizziness
• Unusual upper body pain, or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach
• Unusual fatigue
• Breaking out in a cold sweat

The Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat. campaign is a national public education campaign led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. For more information on the campaign visit, click here.