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Heart attacks more likely to be fatal in women and rates are rising

February 22, 2019

The overall heart attack rate remains higher in men, but fatalities are more common among women.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally for both men and women, but women are more likely to die of a heart attack than men. This is thought to stem from the fact that women suffering a heart attack often do not experience the characteristic symptoms.

Women may present with an unpleasant ache, which is easier to ignore rather than the intense chest pain commonly associated with heart attack.

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