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Women and Heart Disease

Most women think that cancer is their leading killer. They're wrong. It's heart disease. In fact, each year nearly twice as many women die of cardiovascular disease as from all forms of cancer.

Taking steps to prevent heart disease is important, but it's not enough. You also need to recognize the signs and symptoms or a heart attack-if not for you, for your mother, sister, relative or friend.

If you or someone you know experience any of these symptoms, it is important for you to seek medical treatment within an hour (this is when drugs and other treatments are most effective). That means, go to the closest hospital emergency department.

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Symptoms of a heart attack vary from person to person, and the acute signs are often different in women than men, leading to more unrecognized heart attacks in women. One study found that 43% of women reported no chest discomfort during a heart attack and, those who did, reported that it was mainly in the back and high chest. Other acute symptoms in women included:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness or unusual fatigue
  • Cold sweat and dizziness.
Learn more about heart attacks.

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