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Would You Know If You Were Having a Heart Attack?

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It may be well-known that the number one killer is heart and circulatory disease, more than all cancers put together. A recent USA Today online article cited that "roughly 2,200 Americans every day die from heart related illness— an average of one every 39 seconds."

Do you know the signs of heart disease? Do you know it can be different for men and women? We think a heart attack is a magnificent pain in the upper-left chest, that may radiate down the left arm. Most women may not have symptoms like that, and often may discount real heart attack symptoms as fatigue, or general malaise.

A woman may have heart attack symptoms such as stomach, back, jaw or neck pain, trouble breathing, nausea, or overwhelming fatigue. It is important that if you experience similar symptoms (particularly if having a few of these at once), get to the emergency room to have it checked.

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Discovery Health: 5 Heart Health Myths
USA Today: 10 Myths About Heart Disease

Christine Jeffries is a writer/editor for work and at heart, and lives in a home of testosterone with her husband and two sons. Christine is interested in women’s health and promoting strong women.

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I am not sure that I would know, is my answer to the question. I am generally a well woman, my only surgery was internal cyst removal, over ten years ago. My medical stats, body shape & weight are all ok, but I am nearly 54. I have a business to run and a garden allotment to look after so I do have the odd muscle strain now & again. I hope that I would know if I had something seriously wrong.

February 14, 2011 - 3:13am
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