Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack


By Dr. Jacqueline Eubany


Dr. Jacqueline Eubany, author of “Women & Heart Disease: The Real Story”, discusses the signs and symptoms of a heart attack on Big Blend Radio.

Do you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States? It kills more women than lung and breast cancer combined. Women under the age of 50 years who have a heart attack are twice as likely to die from the incident as their male counterparts.

We are all aware of the typical symptoms of heart attack and they include left-sided chest pain, which some describe as an elephant sitting on one’s chest, numbness in the left arm, and jaw pain. We know that 43 percent of women who come to the ER with a heart attack do not present with chest pains. Some typical symptoms that these women report include fatigue, nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath.


It can be sometimes difficult to know that you are having a heart attack. My advice to women is to know your risk factors for heart disease and if you are considered to be at higher risk for heart disease and you have any combinations of symptoms mentioned above, go to emergency room ASAP for a checkup. It is better to be told that you are not having a heart attack than to be told you had a heart attack and you presented it so late that your prognosis is poor.

Dr. Jacqueline Eubany is a board certified cardiologist and electrophysiologist based out of Orange County, California. She is the author of ‘Women and Heart Disease: The Real Story’, and is a Big Blend Radio expert contributor. Learn more at


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