Knowing the Symptoms of Heart Attack Can Save Your Life

Ask the Experts by Sarine John-Rosman, MD

Q.: My 48-year-old sister just learned she had a heart attack and needs two stents to open blocked arteries in her heart. We were young when our parents died, so we have little family medical history. At 44, I never considered I might be at risk for heart disease, especially since I am in relatively good physical shape. Should I make an appointment with my doctor, even though I don't have any symptoms?

A.: Meeting with your physician to discuss your concerns, and having a cardiac evaluation is a good idea. Despite advances in the treatment of heart disease, it remains the leading cause of death among women in the United States.

Since 1984, the annual death rate from heart disease in women has exceeded that of men. The good news is that 80 percent of heart disease in preventable. Women can make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of getting heart disease and to stop its progression. 

It is good to know the warning signs of a heart attack:

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back
  • Feeling weak, lightheaded or faint
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort in the arms, shoulder or between the shoulder blades
  • Shortness of breath

For women, the symptoms can also include:

  • Indigestion or nausea
  • Profound or sudden weakness and fatigue
  • Constricting sensation in your throat

If you suspect you or someone you know might be having a heart attack, call 9-1-1. Driving yourself to the nearest emergency center, or having someone drive you could delay lifesaving treatment.

Sarine John-Rosman, M.D., is a clinical cardiologist at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe and the Ministrelli Women's Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. She is the director of the Non Invasive Lab at Beaumont, Grosse Pointe and is an assistant professor at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Dr. John-Rosman can be reached at 248-898-4760. Beaumont Hospital is a member of the Family Center's Association of Professionals.

To learn more about women and heart health, join us on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 6:30pm at Services for Older Citizens (SOC) for a special "Pick Two for Your Healthy Future" event. Visit to learn more or to register for this free event. 

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Pick Two for Your Healthy Future

Ask The Experts Talks with Beaumont Professionals

March 19, 2015 - 6:30pm-9pm, FREE
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Choose from Two of Three 30-minute Talks
Each topic repeated two times this evening

Location: (SOC) Services for Older Citizens, 158 Ridge Road, Grosse Pointe Farms

Mindful Parenting

pick 6:30 or 7:15pm session featuring Lori Warner, PhD, clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst, assistant director of the Center for Human Development at Beaumont Children’s Hospital

Families today are sometimes so busy, we do not take time to truly appreciate what and who we have in our lives! Parents and children alike can benefit from learning how to live "in the present moment" and build happier, healthier families. Mindfulness is a simple idea but takes practice. We will discuss ways to improve our joy in the everyday wonders of parenting.

Women and Heart News

pick 6:30 or 7:15pm session featuring Sarine John-Rosman, MD, clinical cardiologist at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe and the Ministrelli Women's Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

Heart disease is the number one killer of women. 1 out of 3 women will die of heart disease. We will help you learn about the risk factors for women and understand what you can do about them. We will discuss how you can put together a plan with your doctor to prevent and treat risk factors.

Eat This, Not That

pick 6:30 or 7:15pm session featuring Daniel Kellogg, executive chef for Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe and Shirley Dunlap, RD, CDE, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the Beaumont Grosse Pointe Outpatient Diabetes Education Program

Changing one's eating and lifestyle habits – by making healthier food choices throughout the day and becoming more active in fun and enjoyable ways – can help to reduce health risks.

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