If you overheard a person complaining of sudden chest pain radiating down their left arm, you'd be right to recommend emergency medical care - as chest and left arm pain are hallmark signs of a heart attack. For men, that is. In women, it's a whole different ballgame.
One key way that heart disease is different among women is that the symptoms are often different. During a heart attack, for example, many women don't report chest pain. Instead, we may feel nausea, vomiting, indigestion, shortness of breath or sudden, extreme fatigue.
Statins can be quite helpful for women already diagnosed with heart disease, but the research is less clear if statins are beneficial if you're simply at high risk of developing heart disease. Statins, while enormously helpful for a lot of people, are not without their side effects, which sometimes affect women more.
Of course, all of this is a (mostly) moot point if you take pains to avoid ever getting heart disease in the first place. While you can't control all the factors -- like genetics -- you can control most of them.
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