Heart Disease in Women: Understand Symptoms and Risk Factors

New research shows women who are having heart attacks often do not feel chest pain and that’s causing them to die more often in the hospital.

New research in the journal of the American Medical Association shows 42 percent of women under 55 do not feel chest pain during a heart attack.

And hospitals often don’t diagnose those women properly until it’s too late.

Researchers say that's why more than 14 percent of women are dying from heart attacks in the hospital compared to 10 percent of men.

Each year in the U.S. more women die of heart disease than men and heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined.

Doctors say there are signs a woman can look out for besides chest pain.

They might have other symptoms like jaw pain, back pain, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue and simply sweating.

All of these things could be a heart attack.

Doctors say every woman starting at age 20 needs to have her cholesterol checked and her blood pressure checked.

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