According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, heart disease kills 1 out of 4 women in the United States. For many women, a heart attack may present itself with symptoms that are easy to ignore instead of crushing chest pain.
When you're having a heart attack, every second counts. The longer the heart blockage remains untreated, the more heart muscle can die. Drugs that break down blockages must be administered in the first hours after a heart attack to be successful and minimize lasting damage.
If you are at risk for heart disease or have any of these symptoms, seek medical attention or call 9-1-1 immediately.