Written By REBECCA ENDICOTT
We all know that heart attacks are a major medical danger, but did you know that a female heart attack might look totally different from a male heart attack?
Heart attacks impact 1.5 million Americans every year, killing roughly half a million.
There are definitely risk factors for heart attack — like high body weight, high cholesterol, diabetes, and age — but heart attacks can also impact people who have no signs or risk factors at all.
Some forms of heart attack, like SCAD, affect healthy young people. Others masquerade as indigestion or heartburn.
In fact, heart attacks are masters of disguise, and can manifest with dramatic differences from person to person.We tend to think of a heart attack as a condition that impacts men more than women, but that simply isn’t the case.
The fact of the matter is that heart disease (including a female heart attack) is the leading cause of death in women of all ages and ethnicities. When heart attacks strike women, they tend to look dramatically different from the same disease in men.
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