Do you know the symptoms of a heart attack?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. That means someone in the U.S. dies of cardiovascular disease about every 40 seconds. You might think you know what a heart attack looks like: you clutch your chest in pain and fall to the ground. But heart attacks don’t always stick to this script – especially in women. Here’s a look at some of the different heart attack symptoms in men and women.

In women

Women are more likely to have atypical and subtle symptoms during a heart attack, including:

  • Fatigue. You may feel tired for days without a clear reason.
  • Dull Pain. While chest pain is the most common sign, you may feel pain or discomfort in your neck, back, jaw, or stomach.
  • Nausea. You may vomit or feel sick to your stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. You may have a hard time breathing, even when sitting down.

In men

Men are more likely to experience the typical symptoms we associate with heart attacks, including:

  • Severe chest pain. You may feel like someone is squeezing or heart or like you have a large weight on your chest.
  • Shooting pain. You may feel a pain shooting down your left arm.
  • Cold sweat. You may break out in a cold sweat.

Whether you’re a man or woman, if you suspect you might be having a heart attack, call 911. Every second counts.

YNHH offers free blood pressure screenings at a variety of community sites. Call 203-789-3275 for a list of locations and times.

Would you like more information about keeping your heart healthy? Email to receive one or more of our tip sheets. Tell us which tip sheet(s) you would like to receive: 

  • “10 foods you should buy for quick, heart-healthy meals” 
  • “10 tips for a healthy heart” 
  • “Know your risk factors for heart disease”  

Smilow Survivorship Clinic: Support for cancer survivors

Established in 2006, the Smilow Cancer Hospital Survivorship Clinic is the only dedicated, multidisciplinary resource for adult cancer survivors in Connecticut. New treatment options and innovative cancer therapies are helping cancer patients to live healthy lives long after their cancer has been cured. The growing number of cancer survivors requires new resources and healthcare specialists to care for the special concerns cancer survivors may have, including medical, social, and emotional worries.

The Survivorship Clinic provides patients and their families with vital information on cancer prevention, wellness, supportive services, and the latest health research related to cancer survivorship. The clinic is available whether you have recently completed treatment, are decades from diagnosis, or are living with cancer as a chronic condition. For more information about the clinic’s services, call 203-785-2273 or visit the Survivorship Clinic on the web.

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven also offers support groups for patients and their families.  

Scholarships available from YNHH Auxiliary  

The Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary is offering 10 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to area high school students planning to pursue a career in a health-related profession. Scholarships are based on academic excellence; financial need; personal statement; and community service, including school and community activities and/or employment. Applicants must be high school seniors who are residents of one of the following towns: Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, West Haven or Woodbridge. 

Request an application at or by calling 203-688-5717. Submission deadline is March 15. 

Infant/child CPR class for parents, grandparents

Children are unpredictable, and accidents can happen despite our best efforts to prevent them. That’s why it’s important that everyone who cares for children — including grandparents — knows what to do if they are ever faced with an emergency. Every month, YNHH offers an “Infant/Child CPR” class for expectant or new parents, grandparents, family and friends. The four-hour course covers the basics of infant/child CPR using a video and skills station. Several sessions of the class are offered at various times on Feb. 3 and Feb. 9 at YNHH Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven. Register online at (Select the desired date in the event calendar.) Fee for the class is $50 per person. 

Prepare your dog before baby arrives

Are you expecting a new addition to your family? How will your dog behave with the new baby? YNHH’s Dogs and Storks program provides families with the resources to successfully include their dog as the family grows. Topics include: getting to know your dog, obedience and training, changes in routine, managing kid and dog zones, preparing for baby, coming home and meeting baby, and things to look out for. The class will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 1 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven. Fees are $45. Register for Dogs and Storks online or by calling 888-700-6543.     

Tell us what you think! 

Want to learn more about a particular health topic or service? Questions about classes and events at YNHH? We want to hear from you! Tell us what you like about Advancing Care or send suggestions for improvement or changes. Send an email to and let us know how we can better serve your health needs.

Referrals for physicians and surgeons

YNHH provides free information about and referrals to more than 2,600 affiliated physicians 24 hours a day. Call 888-700-6543 or use our Find A Doctor featue on the website for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. YNHH physicians represent more than 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including internal medicine/family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry.

Need blood work? We’re in your neighborhood

When your physician orders blood work or you need to schedule a blood test, Yale New Haven Health makes it easy with blood draw stations conveniently located in your community. No appointment is necessary and all major insurance plans are accepted. 

Please note: A requisition form is required. Our blood draw stations honor requisitions from other labs. 

View a list of the blood draw stations in your area

YNHHS patients:  Do you have MyChart?

MyChart gives Yale New Haven Health patients secure, online, 24/7 access to portions of your electronic medical record (EMR). There you can see your medical history, most laboratory and test results, appointment information, medications, allergies, immunizations and other health information. You can schedule appointments with your doctor, request or renew prescriptions, see your billing and insurance information and send and receive secure, confidential electronic messages with your doctor’s office. Ask your healthcare provider for a MyChart brochure or your MyChart Activation Code, and then go to and choose “Sign Up Now.”

Make a lasting impact at YNHH

Help support the mission of Yale New Haven Hospital with a donation! Your contributions support vital programs, services and facilities within the hospital and help keep Yale New Haven at the forefront of innovative treatment. When you make a gift to YNHH, you are part of the advanced medicine and compassionate commitment that touch so many lives in our community. 

Billing questions?

Yale New Haven Hospital offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are available. Additionally, evening sessions are scheduled once a month — the next two are Tuesday, Feb. 19 and Monday, March 18 from 5 - 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-688-2046.