(NBC) -- Heart attacks are the number one cause of death among women, but according to a
recent survey, when it comes to recognizing the signs of heart disease and
calling 911, American women are missing a beat.
The U.S. Department of
Health and Human services launched the "Make the Call, Don't Miss a Beat"
campaign in response.
Sixty percent of white women surveyed were aware
heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, compared to 45 percent
of African American women.
Health experts say symptoms for all women may
not be in the way of the classic chest pains.
"The symptoms can be much
more subdued...they can be anything from shortness of breath, nausea, they can
have some palpitations, they can have pain that goes into their jaw or back,"
explains Dr. Maria Mountis.
Along with knowing your risk, finding ways
to prevent heart disease is important.
Eating a healthy diet, exercising
and getting check-ups to track blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and your
waistline are recommended.