Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and that means heart attacks will affect approximately 735,000 Americans this year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there are certainly things cardiologists say you should avoid to lower your chances, heart disease may be genetic or difficult to avoid. Some risk factors are out of your control.
One of the most important lines of defense against a heart attack is awareness of symptoms. Up until recently, it was believed that women and men had identical, or at least very similar, symptoms. But more recent research has revealed that there are some alarming differences in the experiences of both sexes.
While men’s symptoms are widely discussed and warned against, some of the medical experiences unique to women are not. As a result, many women are underprepared when a heart attack does strike. They may miss early warning signs or mistake symptoms for something else. In order to best prepare yourself and your family, read on to learn about the ways in which heart attacks are different between women and men.