Symptoms of heart attacks in women

POSTED: 11:17 AM Oct 24 2012   UPDATED: 10:44 AM Nov 07 2012
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By Tracey Harrington-McCoy, Pure Matters

Go Red for Women, an American Heart Association initiative, joined forces with actress Elizabeth Banks to help get the message out. Together they produced a short film: 'Just a Little Heart Attack.' Banks directed and starred, and almost half a million people have viewed the entertaining and informative video.

The concept is simple: many women aren't aware of heart attack symptoms and many times, ignore them because they’re "too busy" to deal with it. Banks plays a Supermom who tries to ignore the obvious signs that she's suffering a heart attack. Here’s a formal list of heart attack symptoms per the National Institute of Health:

Symptoms also may include sleep problems, fatigue (tiredness), and lack of energy.

***If you experience these symptoms, call 911 immediately. The sobering truth is about 1.2 million people in the U.S. suffer heart attacks each year and many die. But many more could have survived if they got help faster. Do not postpone getting medical attention if you experience these symptoms.

Heart disease affects women of all ages -- including young women in their 20s and 30s. Implementing heart-healthy habits can help reduce your chances of getting heart disease. Here are just a few ways you can help lower your risk of heart disease:

Now that you're up to speed on heart disease, help spread the word. Share the Go Red for Women video and remind your friends and family about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack -- and what to do should they experience them.