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Heart attack symptoms are different for women

11:40 AM, Feb. 14, 2013
Joni Dickrell of Marshfield grinds hard red wheat for bread in her kitchen. She changed her eating habits and starting making healthier homemade bread after her heart attack.
Joni Dickrell of Marshfield grinds hard red wheat for bread in her kitchen. She changed her eating habits and starting making healthier homemade bread after her heart attack.
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A heart attack doesn't discriminate between men and women. But the symptoms a woman experiences often are different from the typical crushing chest pain men feel while having a heart attack.

Heart attacks in women are so prevalent that more women die from heart disease than they do from breast cancer, said Dr. Mateen Abidi, a cardiologist at the Marshfield Clinic.

"When a woman is having a heart attack, it's not like what we see on TV - the Hollywood elephant-sitting-on-the-chest feeling," Abidi said. "For women, 50 percent of them won't have the typical symptom of chest discomfort." ...

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