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Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Women and Heart Disease in SC

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.

  • 4,218 – The number of women who died from heart disease in South Carolina in 2010.
  • 24,478 – The number of hospitalizations due to heart disease for women in South Carolina in 2011.
  • $1.14 billion – The cost of hospitalizations due to heart disease for women in SC in 2011.

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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