I'm sure you all know by now that this is a subject near and dear to me. However, in my research of the last few months I've learned that very few women understand the signs and symptoms and a lot of women are not taken seriously by their doctors or ER staff. This is especially alarming because heart disease is the number one killer of women. A woman's risk of heart disease increases dramatically after the age of 55. Women are more likely to survive a heart attack than men, but men handle bypass surgery better than women. Stress tests are only accurate 80% of the time with women. They don't know why. Even invasive procedures, such as heart cathertizations (also called angiograms) aren't as accurate for women. Symptoms of a heart attack are different for women than for men and are rarely like the dramatic episodes we see on tv. I started having symptoms on Friday. I didn't go to the ER until Monday night and only after a lot of urging by friends. In fact, Monday afternoon I took my daughter to the doctor 30 minutes away. I was having a heart attack and didn't know it. From an Associated Press article, February 1, 2006: For more information: http://www.womenheart.org/ http://www.womentowomen.com/heart-health/preventing-heart-disease-the-natural-approach/ I talked to a woman who has a strong family history of heart disease in the women in her family, yet her doctor refused to perform the tests needed when she was having troubling symptoms. Ladies, know your bodies and demand the tests that you feel are necessary. Learn the symptoms and risk factors. Off my soap box now.