Common Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Although television dramas have sensationalized the idea that chest pain is a clear sign of a heart attack, there are many other symptoms of heart trouble that are often overlooked. Women are less likely to experience chest pain associated with a heart attack than men. If you have any question as to whether a symptom you’re experiencing is a sign of a heart attack, seek emergency cardiac care immediately.  

Common Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath, disorientation, and cold sweat are all signs of a heart attack in women. Some women feel as though they have run a marathon even when they have not undergone any exertion at all. Others feel dizzy, lightheaded, and may faint. These symptoms can signal the occurrence of a heart attack even if no chest pain is present.

Chest Pain or Pressure

Chest pain remains a classic indicator of a heart attack. However, many women feel pressure or fullness in their chest associated with a heart attack rather than pain. Pain, soreness, or pressure may radiate up into the back, shoulders, neck, or jaw. Some women have described shooting pains down the arms and wrists. Women may also experience a squeezing sensation, as though a rope is being tightened from behind. If you are feeling any chest pain or discomfort at all, contact emergency services regardless of any other symptoms.

Abdominal Discomfort

Many women mistake a heart attack for the flu or food poisoning. Abdominal discomfort and nausea could be signs of a heart attack rather than indigestion. Nausea and vomiting without a clear cause should be brought to the attention of an emergency physician.

Heart disease remains the number one killer of women in America. Knowing the signs of a heart attack and acting quickly on them can save a life. If you have more questions about heart health or emergency cardiac care, contact the JFK Medical Center of Atlantis by calling (561) 548-3553. Read through our blog for more important information regarding your health.


JFK Medical Center Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics

JFK Medical Center 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

JFK Medical Center was this week named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study evaluates performance in key areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

“This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have delivered excellent care in a time of sweeping change in the healthcare system," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “Their success is a testament to the strong focus by cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and cardiovascular service administrators and staff on basic care and outcomes.”  

If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of JFK Medical Center and the rest of this year's winners:

  • 8,600 additional lives could be saved
  • $1 billion could be saved
  • 3,200 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free

At JFK Medical Center, we are dedicated to providing the highest level of care for our patients. For more information about JFK Medical Center and our cardiac care, visit our website.


This App Can Provide Answers to Your Medical Questions

iTriage App

The human body is full of mysteries. If your back suddenly starts hurting or if you feel nauseous for no apparent reason, you want answers fast.

With the iTriage app, you can learn the answers to your medical questions with the touch of a screen. This app comes with a database of thousands of disorders and their symptoms, allowing users to identify their conditions. However, iTriage is no substitute for professional medical care, which is why it also helps users to find the nearest medical facility, check ER wait times, and set up appointments.

For medical care in Palm Beach County, trust the professionals at JFK Medical Center. In addition to our main campus ER, we have two off-site ERs which provide outstanding emergency care. Call (561) 548-3553 to speak with a friendly representative. 


Conditions Treated at JFK Medical Center's Neuroscience Institute

The brain is an amazing organ that controls every aspect of your body’s function. The Neuroscience Institute at the JFK Medical Center offers treatment for a range of injuries, diseases, and disorders that affect the brain and nervous system. Our experienced staff is dedicated to providing the very best in care and support for both patients and their families. 

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Stroke

Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, depriving its tissues of oxygen and causing neurons to die. A stroke may be caused either by a blood clot that cuts off blood flow entirely, or by a bleeding episode that leaks blood into parts of the brain while depriving other areas of essential nutrients. Emergency treatment is needed to address a stroke and restore proper blood flow in the brain. After the patient has been stabilized, further treatment focuses on restoring health and function while reducing the risk of future stroke.

Aneurysm

An aneurysm is an enlargement of a blood vessel inside the brain. Aneurysms occur when blood vessel walls weaken and lose their stability, causing them to balloon outward. While some aneurysms cause no symptoms, if the growing blood vessel presses on surrounding tissues or breaks, it can cause a severe headache, vision problems, and neck pain. Ruptured aneurysms are a medical emergency and should be treated immediately to limit damage to the brain.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neural disorder that causes seizures when changes occur in the electrical activity of the brain. Seizures may cause convulsions, vision disturbances, and loss of consciousness. Epilepsy can be congenital or caused by certain medications, illnesses, and trauma to the brain. Treatment focuses on controlling or preventing seizures for patient health and safety.

The Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center is a nationally-recognized leader in the treatment of the brain and central nervous system. We offer cutting-edge technology and minimally-invasive treatment techniques in our 36-bed nursing neuroscience unit. You can get more information about us or speak with a neurologist by calling (561) 548-3553 today. 


JFK Medical Center Orthopedic Lecture Series

JFK Medical Center will be holding a series of lectures from our Orthopedic Specialists. These educational and information lectures will cover topics ranging from hip pain to joint replacement surgery. Complimentary refreshments will be served at each lecture, and free parking will be available. 

Each lecture will be held in Kennedy Conference Center. To RSVP your attendance, call us at (561) 548- 4535. For more information about Orthopedic Institute, visit our website

JFK Medical Center Orthopedic Lecture Series


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