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How Healthy Is Your Heart?

If you don’t know, it’s time to find out. Fact is, you may be at greater risk than you think. Take a minute to learn a few surprising truths. Think of it as an early holiday gift to your special someone—and yourself.

Because with heart disease, it’s what you don’t know that might hurt you.

Think women don’t get heart attacks? Think again. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women. Many women simply don’t believe they’re at risk, and if you’re one of them, that thinking could cost you your life. Watch this video from the American Heart Association. Remind you of anyone?

Think you know what causes heart disease? Think again. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, certain risk factors play a larger role in the development of heart disease for women than men. These include smoking, mental stress, depression, and rheumatological diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. 

Think you’re too young to worry? Think again. If you have a family history of premature heart disease, a history of smoking, or diabetes, you could have a heart attack in your 40s or even your 30s according to the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI).

Think you know the symptoms of a heart attack? Think again. Sometimes heart attack symptoms can be subtle and confusing, especially in women. According to the Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), “a woman’s heart attack may not start with a sudden pain. Instead, the heart attack may start mildly or cause discomfort. A woman may feel uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain that may come and go. In addition, a woman with a heart attack may have shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.”

How much do you really know about heart disease? Find out now by taking our 20 Ways to Love Your Heart quiz.

Have you or a loved one suffered a heart scare? Share your story. 

Join the largest health conversation in 140 characters or less! Tweet what you want to talk about to @SharecareNow and let’s start chatting!

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Cathy Poley

Cathy Poley is a Senior Web Producer at Sharecare. She has managed web and video projects for companies such as Primedia, CNN.com and Turner Broadcasting. Not only is Cathy a Sharecare employee, but she is also an avid Sharecare user, finding that the Q&As she reads inspire her to make better decisions about her health.

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