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Men and Women Equally Affected By Heart Problems
Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease each year, about 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
Health Educator at the Oneida County Health Department Kyla Waksmonski says keeping your heart in good shape requires a combination of things...
"....we know we need to eat healthy, lots of fruits and veggies, a low-fat diet...and exercise is very important. Also making sure we watch our blood pressure as well as avoiding alcohol and tobacco..."
The term "heart disease" refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary heart disease which occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.
Kyla says don't ignore signs of trouble...
"....any pain or discomfort in your jaw, neck or back. Feeling weak or light-headed, definately chest pain, pain in your arm or shoulder. Women often have symptoms different than men. Nauseu, flu-like symptoms, things like that..."
Heart problems have become the leading cause of death among women