Q: I've heard that women have different symptoms and are at a higher risk of dying of a heart attack then men. What are the symptoms?
A: In the United States 1 in 4 women will die of heart disease. Coronary heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women yet women often seek medical care later than men because they do not recognize their symptoms as serious or they are not accurately diagnosed by their doctors. Heart disease also tends to develop later in women possibly due to a drop in estrogen levels.
Q: My parents are in fairly good health, but have a family history of stroke. Are there signs or symptoms I should be watching for?