'Just A Little Heart Attack': PSA Sheds Light On The Number One Killer Of Women

02/22/2012 08:10 am ET

Heart disease kills more American women than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. To shine a spotlight on this important women's health issue, Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks has teamed up with the AHA to direct and star in a comedic PSA called "Just a Little Heart Attack," about a busy mom who takes care of everyone but herself.

"While the film is funny, having a heart attack is not something to be laughed at," Banks said in a press release. "However, I'm using humor to help uncover the truth about heart disease, to get people interested in learning more about their hearts -- and our movement."

Banks has a personal history with heart disease -- her father had a congenital heart condition that required surgery when she was 21, but "I didn't really think of this as a woman's disease," she told ETonline.

That may be true for many women because of a general lack of understanding of the sex differences in heart attacks. While men often experience the "classic" symptom of chest pain, women's top symptoms are usually shortness of breath, weakness, fatigue, dizziness and nausea, according to the Harvard Medical School.

Watch the video above and let us know what you think about Banks' approach to raising awareness in the comments below. Can you relate?

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