“I was having a heart attack and didn’t even know it.” We hear this line over and over again and if you’ve never experienced a cardiac event, you might think, really? But it’s true—the signs of a heart attack, or any heart problem, are often sneaky and subtle. They strike when you’re least expecting it—and young women are not immune.
“Heart attacks are most common in women 10 years post-menopause,” says cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. “However, approximately 30,000 women under the age of 50 suffer from heart disease.”