Every year, almost 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack. In fact, it is estimated that every 34 seconds someone suffers a heart attack in the United States.
Here’s what you need to know about heart attacks and how to prevent them.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), heart attacks occur when a hard substance called plaque, which is made up of cholesterol and other cells, accumulate in the walls of the coronary arteries.
The advances achieved in heart attack treatments have allowed reducing the number of deaths due to heart attacks, as long as the patient arrives
Symptoms may begin with chest pain or disguised as indigestion, nausea, shortness of breath or heartburn. Other common symptoms are discomfort in the arm, neck, jaw, back or stomach mouth, dizziness, changes in heart rhythm and cold sweat.
Hypertension is the leading cause of stroke, according to the American Stroke Association (ASA). Other factors that can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes are smoking, stress, obesity, genetics
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