WHEN I WAS A CHILD, my grandmother accompanied my family to the Laurentians in southern Quebec for a vacation. On the second day of our holiday, she complained of feeling unwell, suspecting a bad case of indigestion. Luckily, my aunt, a nurse, recognized the symptoms of a heart attack, and an ambulance was called. Without her daughter’s assistance, my grandmother would likely have died that day.
Heart attacks present differently in female patients than in male ones; as a result, too many women are unable to spot the warning signs. Because of this, they fail to seek help, according to our cover story, “A Silent Killer,” by health writer Sydney Loney. For information on why cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in Canada and how to mitigate the risks, turn to page 40. This knowledge could save a life.
As I mentioned in my last note, Reader’s Digest has been publishing in Canada for 70 years now. We’ve built up quite a collection of stories! Each month, we’ll pick one of our best-loved articles and reprint it as an RD Vault. If there’s a feature you think should reappear in our pages, send us an email with the details at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to bring it back. Please help us celebrate seven decades of excellence!
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