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Becky Drake

There are some things in life that you're supposed to just know. Like when you find "the one". Knowing when you're having a heart attack, however, is another story, especially for women. It's often not even on their radar. "When I had my first heart attack at age 38, I had no signs," says Becky Drake, now 43, a resident of Greenville. After all, she had little reason to suspect it. In addition to thinking she was too young for a heart attack, she says, "I've always taken care of myself. I'm not overweight, and I work out."

Drake is one of 41 million women in the U.S. living with some form of cardiovascular disease, according to the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. And yet many are still unaware that it is the No. 1 killer of women.