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6 Early Signs Of A Heart Attack That Women Often Ignore
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6 Early Signs Of A Heart Attack That Women Often Ignore

According to the American Heart Association, one in three American women die of cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on September 7, 2021. It has since been updated.

The symptoms of a heart attack differ in both men and women. Unlike men, women don't usually suffer from the tell signs but the result can be just as catastrophic. According to the American Heart Association, one in three American women die of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The fatal condition kills nearly the same number of women as all forms of cancer, diabetes, and chronic lower respiratory disease combined do. Heart attacks are the number one killer of women in the U.S. yet not everyone is aware of its signs. It's always helpful when a health condition is detected in its early phases. In the event of an impending heart attack, our bodies start showing signs warning us but often we ignore them. Listed below are some of these symptoms that could help you detect a heart attack early.

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1. Pressure and discomfort in the chest

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If you're experiencing a squeezing sensation in your heart, along with fullness or pain in the center region of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, you might be having a heart attack. This discomfort could go away only to return after some time. The medical director for the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, Dr. Nieca Goldberg, explains, "Although men and women can experience chest pressure that feels like an elephant sitting across the chest, women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure."

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