"People don't really realize, especially in the female population, that heart disease is the number one killer. Even if you take a look at all the cancers and all the other diseases, cardiovascular disease is significant and it's under-diagnosed," said Rachel Mandel, assistance vice president of Medical Affairs.
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Gender also makes a difference when it comes to symptoms in men and women.
"Genetics and certainly gender; men are at higher risk, depending on what age they're at but there's a lot of modifiable lifestyle choices you can make, things you can change," adds Mandel.
Doctors say your diet and whether you smoke or not can make a large difference.
"Eating healthy, exercising, not smoking, keeping your cholesterol under control, knowing the difference between good and bad cholesterol," said Mandel.
Simple lifestyle changes can only help maintain a healthy heart in the long run.