After suffering from a heart attack, Jackie Romano has vowed to make other women aware of the signs.
Greensboro -- Last July, Jackie Romano had a burning in her chest. She said she felt like someone had "built a campfire" in her chest. She went to the hospital and was told she had heartburn. Heartburn eventually goes away... hers did not.
After being quite persistent, the right tests were done and she found out it was actually a heart attack. After going through quite an ordeal, she got treatment and recovered. Her new mission is to educate others on what signs to look for so that others don't have to go through what she did.
Romano is an artist at Artmongerz in downtown Greensboro. She has a collection called "Matters of the Heart". Not only do the paintings feature hearts, she puts the warnings signs of a heart attack on the back. Here are those signs from the American Heart Association:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
- As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
If you would like more information, on what to look for in a heart attack, here is the American Heart Association website. If you would like to check out the Matters of the Heart Collection, here is the information for Artmongerz.
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