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Many women think they would recognize the signs of a heart attack. After all, we’ve all seen how heart attacks are depicted on TV and film. The character generally clutches their chest and collapses to the ground. However, many women are surprised to learn that heart attacks affect them differently than their male counterparts.
There’s a very good reason for women knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer among women and claims the lives of over 44 million women in the U.S. each year.
Many women who have suffered from a heart attack describe feeling as if they had the flu. Some other common symptoms include:
According to Coordinated Health Cardiologist Minh Q Nguyen, MD, early detection of a heart attack could save your life. “Earlier identification and recognition leads to timely emergency care which limits heart damage, increases chance of survival and decreases long term negative consequences including mortality and potential disability form heart attacks,” he says.