One Woman's Story: Living With Heart Disease

Mary EriksmoenIn the United States, one in four women dies from heart disease. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. While older women are more likely to develop heart disease, women of all ages should be concerned about it.

Mary Eriksmoen will give you the same advice.

At 53, Mary experienced chest pain that radiated into her jaw for three months without realizing it was a symptom of heart disease. Because of her age, she thought she was too young to have heart issues.

We spoke with Mary in honor of American Heart Month, and we're sharing her story because we hope stories like Mary's will help women take heart disease seriously and personally.

I encourage you to read our full interview with Mary. She describes the various risk factors that increased her chances of developing heart disease, discusses how she is working to lead a more heart-healthy life, and recommends women learn the signs of a heart attack.

A woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States. To learn more about the seven most common symptoms of a heart attack, visit our Make the Call. Don't Miss a Beat. website. If you experience any one of the seven symptoms, don't make excuses for them. Make the call to 911 immediately.