Heart disease symptoms you can’t ignore

Are you listening to your heart? You should. It could literally save your life. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. In fact, one out of four deaths is due to heart disease.

TOP 3 SIGNS OF HEART DISEASE YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE

Chest pain or discomfort

This is the classic heart attack symptom, although men and women can experience chest pain differently. Men are more likely to feel crushing, squeezing, or burning pain. Or, the pain may feel like pressure or fullness in the center of the chest. It may radiate to the neck, one or both arms, the shoulders, or the jaw. Women tend to feel tightness or pressure in the center of their chest that lasts more than a few minutes. Chest pain or discomfort can even go away and then return.

Shortness of breath

In women, shortness of breath can occur with or without chest discomfort. Men may simultaneously experience flu-like symptoms, sweating, and a weak pulse.

Lightheadedness

Feeling lightheaded or dizzy often goes hand-in-hand with these other symptoms.

IF YOU SUDDENLY EXPERIENCE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. MINUTES COUNT WHEN YOU ARE HAVING A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE.

 



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