Heart Attack Signs and Gender—learn these important signs!
Heart Attack Signs and Gender—learn these important signs!
Living Healthy

February: Heart Health Month

Do you know what signs and symptoms can signal something isn't right with your heart? Did you know that men and women can have different symptoms when a heart attack occurs? Let's find out a little more about these special signs our bodies try to send to save us and what we can be doing to preserve our heart health. First, let's check in on preventing a heart attack with Dr. David Rutlen from UAMS in the video below.
Dr. David Rutlen
“Thank goodness someone can take so many different positive actions to prevent a heart attack and increase overall cardiovascular health, says Dr. Rutlen, director of the division of cardiovascular medicine at UAMS.  “Everyone should know their blood pressure.  If it is not close to 120/80, they should work with their physician to get it near that level.  If you’re using tobacco, you should stop. A balanced diet is important to cardiovascular health and overall health.  If your LDL cholesterol is over 100, medications may be appropriate to lower the level.  And engaging in aerobic exercises like walking, running, biking and swimming for at least 30 minutes three times a week at a level to break a sweat is important.  All of these actions can add years to your life.
For all things heart health-related, visit the cardiovascular medicine services page.
Couple exersizing in together
What are the differences in symptoms of a heart attack between a woman and a man?
The American Heart Association lists these warning signs:


  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness


  • Chest discomfort (the most common sign)
  • Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or stomach pain
  • Pain that spreads through the arm
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Throat or jaw pain
  • Getting exhausted easily
  • Snoring
  • Sweating
Whether you are male or female, if you have any of these signs or symptoms, call 911 and seek medical attention right away!

Interesting facts:

Have a Heart Healthy Month

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Family cooking together
February Events in Arkansas
17           LOViT Mountain Bike Marathon Race                      All day                            Royal
18           Allsopp Park Trail Work Party                                   9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.    Little Rock

23-25      Lake Ouachita Vista Trail 100M | 100K                    All day                            Mt. Ida
For more events in Arkansas, visit Arkansas Outside.
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