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Although most women and men report symptoms of chest pain with a heart attack, women are slightly more likely than men to report unusual symptoms. The fact is: Heart disease kills one in three women each year – that’s approximately one woman every minute. Heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. What’s more: These facts only begin to scratch the surface.

Those who have more vague or less typical “heart” symptoms have reported the following:

  • Upper back or shoulder pain
  • Jaw pain or pain spreading to the jaw
  • Pressure or pain in the center of the chest
  • Light headedness
  • Pain that spreads to the arm
  • Unusual fatigue for several days

 

There are a several misconceptions about heart disease in women, and they could be putting you at risk. Know the signs, make healthy changes to your lifestyle, and share this information with those around you. Heart Hospital of New Mexico offers a cardiac screening and education program that could help you better understand your risks now, and provide you more information that will help you make healthy choices to not just fight heart disease, but to hopefully prevent it. To learn more about our HeartScan Package, click here.