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HHS HealthBeat (March 14, 2011)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Getting help because you’re having a heart attack is nothing to hesitate about. But experts say women may hold back instead of calling 911. At HHS’ Office on Women’s Health, Suzanne Haynes:

``There’s a significant difference between men and women in delay – women are significantly more likely to delay than men.’’ (6 seconds)

Haynes says women in focus groups often didn’t know the symptoms of a heart attack.

So the Office on Women’s Health has started a media campaign, ``Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat,’’ to encourage women to recognize the symptoms and seek help.

Symptoms include unusual chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, pain or discomfort in the upper body, unusual tiredness, nausea, lightheadedness, and a cold sweat.

Learn more at hhs.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 7, 2011