LUMBERTON — Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both women and men.
Learning to recognize symptoms early is of great importance, but it may be challenging for women because their symptoms are different than those in men.
The classical presentation of a heart attack is central chest discomfort lasting a few minutes intermittently. Patients of both genders usually describe crushing, squeezing pain or fullness sensation. However, for women, chest pain may not be as intense or it may not be the most bothersome symptom. Frequently, women complain of pain down the arms, jaw,