Heart attacks are common—approximately every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has one. Men usually experience heart attacks around age 65, and women around age 72. Why the age difference? Some scientists believe it's because women receive special protection from naturally occurring estrogen in their bodies.
But know this: Even if women get heart attacks later, theirs can be more serious. Some might even have a second heart attack not long after the first.
Both men and women can experience various heart attack symptoms, but here are the most common symptoms by gender: