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Starring and directed by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks.

"A little film about a super mom who takes care of everyone except herself" — Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks shared her story about heart disease, will you? Raise your voice and share your story:

Go Red For Women ™ presents: 'Just a Little Heart Attack'

Starring and directed by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks.

"A little film about a super mom who takes care of everyone except herself" -- Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks shared her story about heart disease, will you? Raise your voice and share your story: https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/share-your-story/

32 thoughts on “Go Red For Women ™ presents: ‘Just a Little Heart Attack’

  1. The problem is I’ve been diagnosed with acid reflux and the last time I
    went to the ER because something didn’t feel right and I thought I was
    having a heart attack, the hospital treated me like a hypochondriac and
    sent me home. I think this is also the reason women ignore the signs
    because they’re afraid of being accused of paranoia.

    1. The same thing happened to me a lot too in the past. I had chest pain for
      four months now, and each time I went to the ER, they did an EGC- it came
      back normal. They also diagnosed me with acid reflux, gave me some
      medicine, and sent me home.
      I do have acid reflux, but it’s good to know the chest pain isn’t cardiac
      related. Also, I have anxiety, which gives me dizziness, chest pain, and
      shortness of breath.

  2. I read most of these comments, and I have to say that some people sound
    like they don’t know much about heart disease.
    People can exercise, eat healthy, and be at a healthy weight, yet still end
    up with heart disease. I know people that are obese but never had heart
    disease not once.
    Eating healthy and staying active can lower your risk. And if it runs in
    the family, you have a higher chance of getting it.

    I have anxiety, so I’ve been to the ER several times because I thought I
    was having a heart attack. They did EKG’s and each time they were normal.
    People with anxiety also get shortness of breath, chest pain, and
    dizziness, so it’s easy to confuse the two.

    It’s better to go to the ER and be told it’s not a heart attack then not go
    and die.
    Better to be safe than sorry!!

  3. yep, at 4am I let the dogs out, packed up a small bag for the hospital,
    made the bed, then walked to a neighbor to ask for an ambulance. Back at my
    house I told the neighbor which dogs get which food and meds and how to
    lock up the house, before leaving with the EMTs midway through the heart
    attack.

  4. 33 days ago I saw this video and I was thinking,no way I was having a heart
    attack I was checking for symptoms because I was not feeling too good ,I
    even clean the house took a shower them I was so dizzy I felt I get up with
    shampoo still on my hair I drove Myself to hospital just 5 blocks down, did
    not call the rescue (next door to me Fireman are right there) when I got to
    hospital they admitted me give me so many test and medicine I stay there 3
    days and now I need to see my cardiologist on a regular basis Why did I do
    not listen to my body??? It gives me so many signs that I was sick : #1,my
    pain in the left mandible ! that was odd,#2 heartburn I never have that
    before,#3 shoulder pain and neck like I was carrying 50 pounds,#4 sharp
    pain in my left arm from my elbow to my fingers ,#5 sweating a lot ( I
    never do even when I am running ) #6 nausea #7 feeling dizzy# 8 shortness
    of breast I was coughing a lot!! Thankssssssssssss this video help me
    realize I was totally in denial and save my life! Thank you so much! A
    mother never thinks she will be sick! 

  5. +Jorge Gonzales So you’re just trolling YouTube? You’re trying to get
    people, particularly women, angry? I don’t comprehend why anyone would do
    that, unless this is some unofficial social experiment you’re conducting.
    Look, I’m not going to call you names or anything like that, because that’s
    probably for which you’re seeking. Also, that’s not my style. But if you
    REALLY do feel this way and are a misogynist, then by all means, the
    comments section for a video about women’s heart health isn’t the place to
    be. There are forums for that. Go share them there. But, Jorge, just…go
    grab some chill, man. And again, take care of yourself. Life is waaay too
    short for this kind of foolery.

    1. +Amber Haynes
      I want the campaign to simply be gender neutral. You make it sound like I’m
      asking for the moon. I am asking for the campaign to simply say that heart
      disease is the #1 killer of *adults.* That’s IT. Heart attack survivors of
      BOTH genders could tell their stories, talk about their experiences,
      doctors could explain the differences in men’s and women’s symptoms, etc.
      It really isn’t an insane proposition, especially considering that more men
      than women die from the disease. And it would just be GoRed for heart
      disease awareness. We live in a society that is currently is so anti-male
      that when clinics offer free breast exams/screenings/treatments for breast
      cancer, men who are at risk or who ACTUALLY HAVE THE DISEASE are turned
      away simply for being male. This kind of insanity has got to stop.

    2. +Jorge Gonzales
      Exactly. #1 killer of ADULTS. It was cool until you mentioned how more men
      die from it than women. If it’s about gender neutrality, why would that
      matter? Listen here, I’m gonna get personal here with you. I am a Domestic
      Violence survivor. Just the other day, I came across a PSA geared towards
      male victims of DV. One thought came to mind, and it sure as hell was NOT
      “Oooh, how sexist!”, but that it was about time that it was brought to
      light. For THE longest time, by most people, Domestic Violence was thought
      to only affect women, the way Heart Disease was assumed to only affect
      men. Of course, that’s not true. But we know people are dying from both.
      So we spread the words, regardless of the demographics, in hopes that it
      saves lives, yeah?

    3. +Amber Haynes
      You seem to have missed the point, yet again. If a disease kills nearly the
      same number of both genders, the campaign should not be sexist. It’s that
      simple. I’m rather tired of having to explain this over and over again.

  6. Guys, just because something isn’t gender neutral, that doesn’t mean it’s
    sexist. Women’s #heartdisease is a unique issue in that heart disease is
    still largely seen as a male disease — even in the medical world — and
    women complaining of heart symptoms are still often written off as
    hysterical females.

    Women also routinely put themselves last. Don’t knock #goredforwomen . It’s
    an important campaign. Thank you +OfficialGoRed4Women. 

  7. That’s pretty much how it happened for me. Know the signs and don’t be
    afraid of “bothering” someone with a false alarm. Call 911 if you have the
    symptoms. This video shows pain in her arm, but it may not be in the arm.
    It may be in the back, jaw, neck, shoulder, chest, etc. You are important,
    call 911 right away if you are having symptoms. Heart attacks kill. Don’t
    be a statistic. I’m only 43 and I had zero risk factors.

  8. I had a heart attack two days ago. I was riding my bike when I started
    having symptoms similar to the woman in this video. I finished my ride and
    tried to shake it off, just like this woman. I’d seen this video a few
    years ago and it came to mind. I couldn’t believe I was having a heart
    attack. I’m a healthy, active person with very low blood pressure and
    excellent cholesterol readings. I don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs. My only
    risk factor is that I was under a lot of stress. Anyhow, I had my husband
    take me to the hospital (though we should have called 911) and it turned
    out I was having a heart attack. I was treated right away and I’m
    recovering nicely. Thank you, Elizabeth Banks, for saving my life!

    1. +whoiscarol I taught fitness for many years and same as you…low BP, low
      cholesterol and wham, I walk out the front door one morning and was hit
      with Angina. The doc said there was nothing wrong with me and my EKG was
      fine. She didn’t see the slight problem with it and 6 weeks later, I needed
      a stent. Thankfully, it wasn’t a heart attack, but I was told that if I’d
      have had one…my blockage was bad enough that I wouldn’t have survived.
      Glad were both still here.

  9. It’s quite appalling to see how many men have decided that GoRed is sexist
    simply because it is sending a direct message to women about heart disease
    and how to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack. The world already
    knows that heart disease kills many men. We have known this for years and
    we have all seen segments on the news about heart disease prevention for
    men and commercials. We have seen advertisements from Bayer about saving a
    man’s life by giving them Bayer aspirin when they experience chest pain and
    experience other symptoms. I’m pretty sure everyone on the universe knows
    that heart disease is a huge issue for me. The question is: Does the world
    know how heart disease affects women? Do most women know the signs of a
    heart attack? Will they know when it’s time to go to the doctor or call for
    an ambulance? NO. I can assure you that many women do not know what
    symptoms they should associate with a heart attack?

    Because men and women typically experience different symptoms when having a
    heart attack, GoRed thinks it is important for women to know what those
    differences are and how to get help when it happens. How is that sexist?
    Just because something is targeted to a specific population doesn’t mean it
    is discriminating against the other populations it is not intending to
    reach. My grandmother didn’t know she had heart disease, unlike my
    grandfather who knew exactly when he was having a heart attack and when he
    needed help. The reason being, there was never a huge public discussion
    about what heart disease is like in women. Is there something wrong with an
    organization trying to share knowledge with a group of people who are less
    informed about a topic because the information they have always been fed
    was based upon the symptoms of a different sex? In most women, the symptoms
    are more obscure and they often do not realize they are having a heart
    attack. Is that not disconcerting to you? Do you seriously not think this
    is a serious issue? They are in no way belittling the experience of me who
    have heart attacks or saying that heart disease is an issue that only or
    primarily affects women because it’s not. They are simply saying that it is
    a serious issue for women and these women need to be informed because this
    knowledge could save womens’ lives. And it has. There are people who have
    seen this video and, because of having seen it, have decided to call an
    ambulance instead of assuming their symptoms are related to something else
    or are trivial to some extent.

    You cannot reasonably say that because this information is being directed
    towards women, that it is sexist. If both men and women were equally as
    informed of the way heart disease manifests in their bodies, then the need
    for targeted information like this wouldn’t be necessary. However, that is
    not the case. Women can be having a heart attack without even feeling
    severe chest pain, which means the severity of the attack may commonly go
    by unnoticed, thereby leaving the problem untreated and much more likely to
    result in a fatality. There should be just as much awareness about heart
    disease directed towards men as there is for women because of how affected
    both sexes are by this disease. That does not, however, mean that
    information cannot be directed specifically to men or specifically to women
    if it is likely to save more lives and improve awareness about the disease.

    1. +Alison Haughney
      Yeah I’m not reading all that rubbish either. GoRed for Women is sexist.
      It’s right there in the name. It couldn’t be any more obvious. This is why
      people with brains are calling it sexist. Since heart disease kills more
      men than women each year, it is insanely sexist to have a campaign that
      focuses not only on one gender, but on the gender that is less affected by
      the disease.

  10. We thought I was suffering from an ulcer or bad gas…. NOPE, my heart was
    failing. Took weeks to figure out… and I was in the hospital for 60 hours
    before they decided to look at the possibility that it was my heart. We
    were all stunned! I had been showing little symptoms for years, but no one
    thinks to look into heart conditions in women under 20!

  11. Much truth is said in jest. As a retired paramedic, I knew what to look for
    in others. I never thought I’d be in the same boat at 49. And on my
    birthday. You can say what you want about this video, but if it made you
    think, great. That’s a start.

  12. This looks an awful lot like a Stepford wife having a malfunction. “would
    you like another cup of coffee? would you like another cup of coffee?”

  13. Excellent Video! I just went in for a heart catheter test based on
    extremely high blood pressure and other symptoms. Thank you American Heart
    Association. I was able to get info from your site that prompted me to see
    my doctor, then a cardiologist & to take precautions. All is well now &
    BTW, I would not leave for stress-test until I finished the laundry and my
    work! I run 5-6 miles a day and swim 3 miles a week. Couldn’t believe this
    was happening to me. Will strongly recommend this video to all on SM
    channels my company monitors.

  14. This warning is for all my sisters in cyberspace. I had my first heart
    attack in college. Heart failure runs in my family, my beautiful younger
    sister suffers from it. Take care of yourself girls and listen to your
    body!

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