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Differences in Men & Women

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Heart disease occurs in both men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, but in women, symptoms and signs may present differently or are missed completely.  Age, smoking, and hormone changes also differ with gender when it comes to heart disease risk. Here are some of the more common differences:


  • Are more likely misdiagnosed
  • Smokers are more likely than male smokers to develop heart disease
  • Who have diabetes have an increased risk of heart disease
  • May have heart attack symptoms like neck pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, and indigestion


  • Have classic heart attack symptoms, like chest pain
  • Show signs of heart disease at a younger age

Heart Disease is the Leading Cause of Death in Both Men & Women

Even though we all experience the effects of heart disease, women and men possess, different factors regarding awareness, prevention, and preparedness of heart disease. Being more informed can help save your loved one's life.

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