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Heart Disease in Women – The ‘Silent Killer’ February 11, 2010

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Rebecca Sylvester at 706/828-2394.

Heart Disease in Women – The ‘Silent Killer’

AUGUSTA, GA. (Feb. 8, 2010) –Heart disease is the "silent killer" for women because the classic signs and symptoms are not usually present in women.

According to Beth Barranco, RN, from University Hospital, for many women, the first symptom of heart disease is a heart attack.

“So it's important to be able to identify the symptoms and get help immediately,” she said. “Ideally treatment should start within one hour of the first symptom.”

Many heart attacks start slowly as mild pain and discomfort, she said.

“You could have chest discomfort that may feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain,” she explained. “It could be mild or severe, and it may come and go.”

Some women, however, don’t have chest discomfort at all, she warned.

“You may have discomfort in the upper body including one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach. Or, you may experience shortness of breath that may occur with or without chest discomfort. Other signs such as nausea, light-headedness or breaking out in a cold sweat could also be a prelude to a heart attack.”

If you or someone you are with feels like they are having a heart attack, you must act quickly to prevent disability or death. Call 911 immediately.

Just a reminder of the upcoming event by University Hospital.

University Hospital’s Smart Heart Expo
Saturday, Feb. 27
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
North Augusta Community Center
495 Brookside Ave.
North Augusta, SC

We’ll provide the education, encouragement and support to help you embark on a healthier lifestyle – and all of it is absolutely free!

For more information on heart health or to request a Heart Information Kit, call University's Heart Line at 706/828-2828 or toll free 866/601-2828.

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