Know the Signs of Heart Troubles

February is American Heart Awareness Month, so there’s no better time to take stock of your heart health. Cardiovascular disease, also known as “heart disease,” is the leading cause of death in the United States. Each day 2,200 people die from heart diseases. That’s nearly 800,000 each year, or 1 in every 3 deaths. Heart disease inhibits people from working and greatly hinders quality of life.

The good news is that most of the risk factors for heart disease and stroke — like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and obesity — are preventable and controllable. Managing these risk factors can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke as much as 80%.

If prevention fails, how can you recognize the symptoms of heart-related problems? The American Heart Association has an excellent summary of the signs of stroke, heart attack, and cardiac arrents that can help save a life. The more you know, the better!

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