Heart Disease in Women

Every minute one woman dies from heart disease. Women are more likely to have "nonclassic" heart attack symptoms than men. For example, for many women a strange discomfort in the back rather than crushing chest pain may be a symptom of a heart attack.

These are the most common warning signs for heart attack in women:

  • Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
  • Chest discomfort with sweating
  • Pain that spreads from the chest to the arm, neck, or jawShortness of breath, tiredness, or upset stomach.
Click here to read A Woman’s Guide to Beating Heart Disease on the Saint Peter’s Better Health Library.
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