Weather & Your Health: American Heart Month

By Jason Meyers, Meteorologist

February 20, 2011 Updated Feb 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - February is American Heart Month. It's important to know the signs of a heart attack. Jason Meyers and Parkview Hospital discuss this important topic. Watch the video to find out more.

Signs of a heart attack for men and women can be different.

Signs of a Woman's Heart Attack:

  • Sudden onset of severe fatigue, like the flu, often with vague chest discomfort.

  • Discomfort, fullness, tightness, squeezing or pressure in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or comes and goes.

  • Pressure or pain that spreads to the upper back, shoulders, neck, jaw or arms.

  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.

  • Dizziness or nausea.

  • Clammy sweats, heart flutters, or paleness.

  • Unexplained feelings of anxiety, fatigue or weakness, especially with exertion.

  • Stomach or abdominal pain.

Signs of a Man's Heart Attack

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, pain or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes.

  • Pain or discomfort that spreads to the shoulders, neck, or arms.

  • Pain, dizziness, sweating, nausea, or shortness of breath.

  • Any chest discomfort that causes anxiety or concern.

  • Any of the above symptoms that disappear with rest, then return with exertion.

  • Pain that lasts for 10 to 15 minutes while you are resting should be evaluated immediately.

All of these signs occur before the heart attack.

  • The warning signs may happen days, weeks, or even months before the heart attack occurs.

  • The warning signs may be mild and easy to ignore.

  • The warning signs may be confused with indigestion.

  • The warning signs may be confused with sore muscles.

For more information on anything in the story, go to http://www.parkview.com for more information.

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