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Heart Disease Kills More Women Than Breast Cancer

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – If you see a lot of people wearing red today….

Today is the annual American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women heart disease awareness campaign.

The chief of cardiology at Saint Louis University Hospital, Dr. Michael Limm, says the campaign is meant to increase awareness amongst women that heart disease is an important thing we need to consider.

“Unfortunately it still remains the number one killer of woman than any other disease that’s out there,” said Limm.

Dr. Limm says that’s including all forms of cancer combined.

Like men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain, but unlike men, women experience more shortness of breath, back or jaw pain, dizziness and lightheadedness.

Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.

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