Heart Disease
Heart Care

Cardiovascular, or heart, disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States and Europe. More American women die of heart disease than any other illness, and one out of two women will develop heart and vascular disease during their lifetime.
Risk factors for cardiovascular disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, untreated diabetes, obesity, stress and lack of regular exercise.

Warning signs
of a heart attack are often more difficult to detect in women than in men. "Fifty percent [of women] don't have chest pain," OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "This is why, a lot of times, it's overlooked in women. The number one symptom for women is fatigue.

"This is a silent killer," Dr. Lisa continues. "You have to listen to your body."

Typical Heart Attack Symptoms
• Chest pain
• Upper body pain
• Shortness of breath
• Stomach pain
• Dizziness
• Cold sweats

Overlooked Heart Attack Symptoms
• Indigestion
• Abdominal pain or nausea
• Fatigue
• Headaches
• Neck or jaw pain

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