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Women and Heart Disease

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. This means every minute in the United States, someone's wife, mother, daughter or sister dies from cardiovascular disease. Although heart disease death rates have declined during the last 25 years, rates among women have fallen at a slower rate.

Women often associate heart attack symptoms with other less life-threatening conditions like acid reflux, the flu or normal aging.

Don’t ignore these signs

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. This can last more than a few minutes or it can go away and then wind up coming back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Like men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1.

Decrease your risk