Hands-Only CPR and Symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heart Attack

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Did you know there is a method of performing CPR that is HANDS-ONLY?  I did not, and this is vital information in our pandemic world. So I decided to learn more about Hands-Only CPR, and also reviewed the signs and symptoms of Heart Attack and Sudden Cardiac Arrest (they are different.)

First, a refresher on Heart Attack symptoms. It’s key to note that Heart Attacks can present differently in women and men—for more details, see my post, Heart Attack Symptoms in Women and Men. The following information and infographic from the American Heart Association lists the Heart Attack symptoms both men and women experience.

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Heart Attack Symptoms in Women and Men

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The major signs and symptoms of a heart attack are different for women than men. In a 2016 post, Heart Attack Symptoms in Women, I explain that women are much more likely than men to not realize they are having a heart attack. That’s because women having heart attacks often do NOT experience huge chest pain. Instead, a heart attack in women can feel like: heartburn, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, nausea, and back &/or jaw pain.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and early treatment is crucial. Often women do not seek immediate treatment because their symptoms don’t feel urgent.

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