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The Signs of a Heart Attack Are Different For Women, So Why Haven't We Learned to Identify Them?

Despite the health education classes, emergency response training, and the Public Service Announcements you grew up with, scientists have only begun earnestly studying heart disease in women in the last 18 years.

Historically speaking, a woman’s value resided in the sum of her parts, her womb, her ovaries, the width of her hips, her sex, and her ability to give pleasure. This may be one explanation for why studies into women's health trail decades behind men.

If I were to ask you to list five signs of a heart attack, what would you come up with? If you said cold sweats or nausea, chest pressure or pain, shortness of breath, pain in one or both arms, chest, back or stomach pains, congratulations, the 50 years of research into heart disease has paid off. You correctly identified signs that can help save your father, son, brother, uncle or nephew from a heart attack.

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