Thousands of Canadians die from heart attacks each year, but if you can recognize the signs and act quickly, you could save a life. If you or a loved one experience any of these signs, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately.

Signs can vary between men and women

According to a study published in Circulation, early heart attack signs were missed in 78% of women in the study group — even though these signs occurred repeatedly over a period of weeks or months.

Listen to your body

Although the most common heart attack sign is chest pain or discomfort, women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure. Instead, they may experience shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, upper back pressure or extreme fatigue.