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Women and Heart Disease in S.C.

Heart disease is the second leading cause of death for all women in South Carolina, and is the leading killer for African-American women in the Palmetto State.

  • 4,351 – The number of women who died from heart disease in South Carolina in 2013.
  • 23,065 – The number of hospitalizations due to heart disease for women in South Carolina in 2013.
  • $1.24 billion – The cost of hospitalizations due to heart disease for women in S.C. in 2013​

Warning signs of a heart attack:

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath

Like men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain. But women are more likely than men to have other symptoms like:

  • fatigue
  • nausea or vomiting
  • shortness of breath
  • back or jaw pain

Act Fast. Call 9-1-1!

  • If you think you're having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away – not a friend.
  • Calling 9-1-1 is the best way to get to the hospital.
  • Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin life-saving treatment immediately.
  • You’re likely to receive faster treatment at the hospital if you arrive by ambulance.
  • Never drive yourself or have someone drive you to the hospital unless you have no other option.

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