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April 19, 2011

Franciscan Leads In Raising Awareness About Heart Attack In Women

Franciscan Health System has been awarded a $10,000 contract by the U.S. Office on Women’s Health to lead a campaign designed to raise public awareness about how heart-attack symptoms differ for women and men.

The initiative is called "Make the Call, Don’t Miss a Beat." Franciscan is the campaign lead for Region 10, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.

The effort focuses on educating, engaging and empowering women and their families about seven heart attack symptoms that most commonly present themselves in women. Those symptoms are:

  • Chest pain, discomfort, pressure or squeezing, like there’s a ton of weight on you
  • Unusual upper body pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Sudden dizziness or light headedness
  • Nausea
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

Although many women believe that heart attacks happen mostly to men, heart disease is also the No. 1 killer of women. Yet, research shows that only half of women would call 9-1-1 if they thought they might be having a heart attack, and even fewer know the most common heart attack symptoms for women.

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Franciscan Health System is the leading provider of heart-related services in the South Puget Sound region.

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