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Women and Heart Disease

Did you know that up to 80 percent of cardiac events that occur in women can be prevented? Women can do their part to prevent heart disease by making lifestyle changes. To reduce your risk, eat nutritious foods, maintain a healthy weight, become more physically active and stop smoking right away. The symptoms of heart attacks may be different in women than in men. In addition to the classic heart attack symptoms such as pain or pressure in the chest, women may feel pain in the jaw, shoulders, neck, back or arms. Other signs may include nausea, shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness and panic.About a third of women experience no chest pain, but instead experience flu-like symptoms for weeks before a heart attack. If you feel ill, you should see a doctor to be sure your symptoms are not caused by a serious problem.Take steps to reduce your risk for heart disease. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Click here for more information about heart disease and wellness.