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It's important to recognize the signs and symptoms of heart attack, and to know that symptoms may differ between men and women. For instance, women may feel shortness of breath, extreme fatigue or a sense of bad indigestion, but they do not recognize these symptoms as cardiac-related.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the third leading cause of death for women ages 25-44.
The following symptoms are common to both men and women. If you experience any of these, alone or in combination, you may be having a heart attack:
Don't hesitate. Call 911 for an ambulance. Tell them you suspect you are having a heart attack and to take you to Mercy’s Emergency Department.