Your heart knows things that your mind can't explain

Carrie Fisher’s death highlights the reality of heart disease in women
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women alike in the U.S., and the recent high profile death of Carrie Fisher highlights some issues that we should all remember.

Women’s heart attack symptoms can be different from men’s because the condition tends to be more diverse in women, and women tend to put off seeking care for longer than men.

If you’re having symptoms – signs of a heart attack include feeling “flu-like,” with nausea, dizziness, weakness, shortness of breath, fatigue and back pain – seek immediate help.
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Women suffering heart attacks 50 percent more likely to be misdiagnosed
A major new study has found that women suffering from heart attacks are 50 percent more likely to be misdiagnosed. And while there is usually pain, women often feel pain in their torso, off-center or lower down, where it can be mistaken for a stomach issues. If you’re having any of these issues, advocate for your health!
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Menopause and heart disease
Heart disease risk rises for everyone as they age, but for women symptoms can become more evident after the onset of menopause. A decline in the natural hormone estrogen may be a factor, as estrogen is believed to have a positive effect on the inner layer of artery wall, helping to keep blood vessels flexible. Keep trying to get regular exercise and eat healthy to prevent heart disease.
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