MYTH # 10:

"Women don't get heart disease" or "I'm too young to have a heart attack".



Women generally don't get heart disease at as early an age as men, but they catch up quickly. And even though female hormones are important in decreasing the incidence of blocked arteries, heart attacks can still occur. Heart disease does not always spare the young either. Heart attacks can sometimes occur when people are in their 20's and 30's, and are not really all that uncommon at all by the time a person reaches 40 years of age.



While there is a tendency for heart disease to occur most frequently in middle aged and older males, it does not respect age or a person's sex. It is wise to check things out if you're experiencing troubling symptoms, even if you don't have a "classic cardiac patient" profile.


ęCOPY;1997 HeartPoint   Updated December 1998.

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