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“I thought I had the flu”

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Heart Health

When you think about the warning signs of a heart attack, the first things that probably come to mind are numbness in your left arm and a crushing feeling in your chest, as if an elephant is sitting on it. However, warning signs of a heart attack can vary, especially in women. Sometimes, they can be so subtle, people ignore it, mistaking it for the flu or indigestion.  


Stay safe by knowing the warning signs and calling 911 immediately if you experience them. 


Heart attack warning signs  

  • Pressure or pain in the chest that gets worse with exertion and better with rest  

  • Pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach  

  • Shortness of breath  

  • Cold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness  

  • Indigestion or heartburn  

  • Dizziness  

  • Extreme weakness  

  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat  


Warning signs women often experience

  • Shortness of breath  

  • Back or jaw pain  

  • Nausea or vomiting  


The best treatment for a heart attack is to prevent it by taking care of your heart. Talk to your doctor about diet, exercise and controlling your risk factors.  


In case you already need heart care, ask your doctor to refer you to one of several Genesis heart care locations. Our Heart & Vascular Institute is at Genesis Hospital in Zanesville and additional offices are in Coshocton, Cambridge and Somerset.  


To learn more, talk to your doctor or visit genesishcs.org/heart