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Women’s Risk

Female symbolHeart disease is a leading cause of death among women and now more women die of heart disease a year than men. One reason that women are more likely to die of heart disease is women may experience different symptoms of a heart attack than men. Learning the early signs of heart attack in women is essential in early detection.

Women are more likely than men to experience symptoms other than chest pain, one of the most recognizable symptoms of a heart attack. While some women do experience chest pain, women are more likely to experience other symptoms including:

  • Chest pain that is sharp and burning
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, abdomen or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Additional symptoms may include dizziness or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen as well as extreme fatigue. Recognizing these additional symptoms of a heart attack can help you save a life.

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