Heart Sto­ries

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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.

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