Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death in women of all ages, with about one-half million women dying each year in the U.S.  One in every four American women dies of heart disease. The disease in women may not be easily recognized because some women may have different symptoms for heart attack than men, according to an expert in the field.

Laura Fowler, coordinator of the cardiovascular lab at St. Anthony’s Hospital, explains some symptoms.

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Fowler says possibly the greatest factor is your family history, so eating healthy, exercising and not smoking can help swing the odds of having a longer, healthier life in your favor.

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