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Women more likely to die after a heart attack

Posted: 6:51 PM, Feb 09, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-09 18:51:52-05
Women more likely to die after a heart attack
Women more likely to die after a heart attack
Women more likely to die after a heart attack
The red paper hearts you see in stores and classrooms for Valentines Day should be a reminder that this is heart health month.
 
Doctors have known for a long time that women and men have different heart attack symptoms, but the American Heart Association says the message still isn't getting through.
 
The organization recently released its first statement addressing the differences between men and women in heart disease. 
 
Researchers now know women's hearts are different from men's hearts, which is why symptoms and risk factors are different for each gender.
 
Women's symptoms are often more subtle, so being in-tune with your body is crucial. Women are likely to experience extreme tiredness, nausea, light headedness and stomach pain.
 
Women are also more likely than men to die after a heart attack. 
 
Men and women can both cut down on their risk for heart disease by maintaining a healthy weight and by not smoking, but there are other risk factors for women, including complications during pregnancy.
 
Doctors say 80 percent of heart disease is preventable, and that's why it's important to talk to your doctor now -- and learn your individual risk factors.
 
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