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© 2011 Health Alliance Plan of Michigan
Women: Do You Know Your
Heart Attack Symptoms?
The most common sign of a heart attack for both women and
men is tightness or pain in the center of the chest. But
sometimes heart attack symptoms are less dramatic. And
women are more likely than men to have less common heart
attack symptoms. These include:
Shortness of breath (usually occurs with chest pain)
Pain in the jaw, neck, back or arms
Cold sweat
Some symptoms can occur suddenly. But others develop slowly
over hours, days or weeks. The more symptoms you experience
the more likely it is that you’re having a heart attack. Seconds
matter when it comes to treatment. So know the possible
symptoms, and act right away.
Push the chest down at least 2
inches for an adult. Push down
just 1.5 inches for a child.
Push hard and fast in the
center of the person’s chest.
Try for 100 times per minute.
Save a Life with CPR
Anyone whose heart suddenly stops needs CPR right away to survive.
Call 911 then follow these directions. Continue until help arrives. You
can watch a brief video at
If the person has stopped
breathing, push the chest
30 times then give two rescue
breaths. Repeat.
HAP’s CareTrack
program has
registered Nurse Health Coaches,
as well as behavioral health
specialists and pharmacists,
who will help you sort out any
questions or problems you may be
having with your health. Give us
a call toll-free at
(800) 288-2902.
Or if you’d like more information
or tools for any of the conditions
we discuss in this newsletter,
our website
is a great
reference that is available 24 hours
a day, seven days a week.
We love hearing from you.
You may contact us:
By mail:
Health Chronicle
2850 W. Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48202
By phone:
(800) 288-2902
Editorial Committee:
Nancy Ruhl, R.N., M.S.A.
Richard Precord, M.S.W.
Bala Pai, M.D.
Pat Slone, R.N., C.C.M.
Deborah Marine, J.D.
Marketing Staf:
Anita Landino, Director
Meribeth Tyszkiewicz,
Senior Marketing Specialist