Young Women and ‘Silent’ Heart Attacks

Learn which risk factors should make you extra-vigilant

While heart disease remains the No. 1 killer in women, in recent years, studies have shown that better management and prevention have resulted in decreasing rates of heart attacks in older women.

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However, if you’re a younger woman — especially one with risk factors — beware. Rates of heart attacks in younger women are actually on the rise, including “silent” heart attacks in which no symptoms or atypical symptoms occur.

In this video, preventive cardiologist Leslie Cho, MD, explains why regular screenings with your primary care physician are so important and what tests should be performed. She also reveals which young women need to be extra-cautious (hint: smokers, and those with diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or a family history of coronary artery disease are at greater risk).

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