Study finds only half of women experiencing heart attacks don't recognize symptoms

4:36 PM, Feb 1, 2011   |    comments
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(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.

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