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Heart disease, No. 1 killer, can sneak up on women

Heart disease, No. 1 killer, can sneak up on women

By LAURAN NEERGAARD
The Associated Press

Published Jul 5, 2011 11:17AM MDT

WASHINGTON • Heart disease can sneak up on women in ways that standard cardiac tests can miss.
It’s part of a puzzling gender gap: Women tend to have different heart attack symptoms than men. They’re more likely to die in the year after a first heart attack.
In fact, more than 40 percent of women still don’t realize that heart disease is the No. 1 female killer. One in 30 women’s deaths in 2007 was from breast cancer, compared to about 1 in 3 from cardiovascular disease, according to the America...

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