- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health: Heart disease in women — understanding the symptoms and risk factors
Heart disease in women
Although heart disease often may be thought of as a problem for men, heart disease is the most common cause of death for both women and men in the U.S. But some heart disease symptoms in women may be different from those in men. Becoming aware of the symptoms and risks unique to women, as well as eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising, can help women protect themselves against heart disease. Here's what you need to know.
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Panic attacks and panic disorder
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