Aiming to spread awareness of what heart attacks can really be like in women, one nurse took to Twitter earlier this week to explain her own experience. She quickly went viral as people shared her description of the non-stereotypical symptoms of her heart attack.
The study did turn up some good news. For both women and men, medical care is being delivered with fewer and fewer delays – and those delays that do occur are not associated with an increased risk of death when patients get to the hospital.
“The acute complications of a heart attack drive in-hospital mortality rather than delays,” explained Meyer. “But we do know from previous studies that delays predict long-term mortality.”
“Every minute counts when you have a heart attack,” he added. “Look out for moderate to severe discomfort including pain in the chest, throat, neck, back, stomach or shoulders that lasts for more than 15 minutes. It is often accompanied by nausea, cold sweat, weakness, shortness of breath, or fear.”