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Know the symptoms of heart attack

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:

Heart Attack Signs

Remember: Some heart attacks can be sudden and intense, while others can start slowly with mild or progressing symptoms. If you experience any symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 right away!

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Heart disease comes in many forms and can affect people of any age, gender, or ethnicity. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The more you can learn about your heart health, the better. Knowledge is truly powerful medicine that helps you understand your risks and take action to lessen your potential for problems. It can lead to early detection, and most importantly, to early treatment and better outcomes.

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