Heart disease is the largest single cause of mortality among women, with 35% of heart attacks going unnoticed.

Who is most at risk?

Heart disease is most common in post-menopausal women who have a family history of heart disease. Other factors include:

Expert advice on symptoms to look out for

â??Knowing what symptoms to look for could save your life. Heart attack symptoms include an uneasy feeling in the chest; abdominal pain; shortness of breath; fatigue and nausea; dizziness and even swollen feet. Should you ever experience any of these, it is important to seek medical attention immediately,â? says Graham Anderson, Principal Officer of Profmed.

Prevention is better than cure

Making changes in your lifestyle is a proven method for reducing your risk of heart disease. This includes not smoking, controlling diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and exercising and eating a balanced diet.