Matters of Your Heart looks to educate women on signs of heart attacks

Bryan Aldrige

January 16, 2012

Matters of Your Heart looks to educate women on signs of heart attacksA new study aims to find better ways to educate women on the risks and signs of heart attacks, as symptoms women have, tend to be different than what men experience – something most women are unaware of. This new information may help more ladies get the help they need in time.

Researchers from Binghamton University and SUNY Upstate Medical University created the "Matters of Your Heart" program to teach women warning signs of heart attacks.

According to The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, signs that a woman is having a heart attack may include discomfort or feeling full in the center of the chest, pressure that spreads to the shoulders, neck, jaw or arms and nausea or dizziness. Some may also experience sweating, unexplained feelings of anxiety or shortness of breath.

During the study, researchers broke up 141 post-menopausal women into small groups and gave them this information and more. According to the results, most involved came away learning something new. The scientists are now looking to test the program on a wider scale to figure out the best method for getting the information out there in the future.

Heart attacks happen fast and can be scary and overwhelming. Those living alone may want to install a senior alert system as a way to always be able to call for help during a heart attack, a fall or another emergency.