health mistakes

Photo: Rob Prideaux

1 of 3
Mistake #1: Still Not Knowing Something Important About Your Heart
Many women know that the symptoms of a heart attack are different for men and women, and yet women under 50 hospitalized for heart attacks are more than twice as likely to die as similarly aged men hospitalized for the same reason, according to research in the New England Journal of Medicine. And in a different study, researchers found that in a small group of women ages 30 to 55 who'd had a heart attack, many delayed getting help because they thought they were too young to have a heart attack, even when they had risk factors or a family history of heart disease, says Judith Lichtman, PhD, MPH, study author and associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health.

What you can do: Assess your risk before heart problems happen.