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Ladies, Don’t Let a Heart Attack Happen

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. For decades, it was assumed that more men than women suffered from heart disease and therefore, men were more prone to heart attacks. Recent findings show that women are more prone to cardiovascular disease and that heart attacks in women tend to be more severe.

Women often do not experience the same heart attack symptoms as men. Instead of crushing chest pain that radiates to the arm or jaw, women may experience lightheadedness, a burning sensation in the upper abdomen, or other symptoms such as extreme fatigue. Consequently, women may ignore these symptoms early on in a heart attack.

After menopause, women are more at risk for cardiovascular problems. Estrogen, the female hormone that diminishes during and after menopause, has a protective effect against cardiovascular problems. Dr. Amy Siegel is the women’s doctor who treats women at all ages and stages of life. If you are approaching menopause or already experiencing it, you need regular checkups with an experienced gynecologist. Dr. Siegel will help you get the screenings you need to stay healthy as you age.

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