Heart Disease: The No. 1 killer of women

In recognition of the 10th Annual National Wear Red Day, we're wearing red today to help put an end to heart disease.

COLUMBIA (WACH) - Heart disease is the number one killer of women.

One in three American women die from heart disease each year, and it's more deadly than all forms of cancer combined for them.

Friday is National Go Red Day and Lexington Medical Center has some advice for recognizing the signs of heart conditions before it's too late.

Dr. Steven Marra says left arm pain, chest pain, or just not feeling well are all signs of a potential problem.

Marra reccomends getting checked out by a doctor if you have even slight symptoms because women have a high chance of not surviving their first heart attack.

"Twenty to 30 percent of women, when they have their first heart attack, will have an unfavorable outcome with that heart attack. Being a woman, being female is what we consider in heart surgery an independent risk factor of not doing well," said Marra.

Women may suffer from symptoms of heart disease that most don't consider sings of a heart problem including flu like symptoms and an upset stomach.

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