SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – It’s the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Heart disease will claim the life of 1 out of every 4 women.

Dr. Diane Greiner at Baptist Health System in San Antonio says the instances of heart disease in women continues to climb.

She highlights a number of factors including obesity, high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

While all women are at risk, she advises those with a family history of heart disease to pay particular attention. Women who have undergone chemotherapy with radiation are also at a higher risk.

Women may also experience symptoms that are different from men.

“Shortness of breath, fatigue, pain between the shoulder blades, neck pain, jaw pain.”

Dr. Greiner offers some simple tips to help prevent heart disease. They include a better exercise program, eating healthier meals and of course, no smoking.

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