By Lori Johnston, AgingCare.com
February is a month when folks focus on matters of the heart, but it’s not just about falling in love. February is also American Heart Month. When it comes to our loved ones, we’re concerned about potential heart attacks, and that can happen year-round.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States, claiming more than 800,000 Americans annually, according to the American Heart Association.
Heart attack is to blame for more than 40 percent of those deaths, as about 325,000 people die before they reach the ER or hospital, the American Heart Association says.
But many of those deaths can be prevented, and February – American Heart Month – is a good time to become more aware of the signs of a heart attack.
Most folks know to look for typical symptoms, such as chest discomfort, pain in the arms or back and shortness of breath.
But some victims of a heart attack don’t experience chest pain. That’s how heart attacks get their reputations as silent killers.
“It’s not always easy, even for a physician, to know when someone is having a heart attack,” says Dr. Travis Stork, an ER physician and co-host of the popular TV show “The Doctors.”
Silent Killers: 5 Overlooked Heart Attack Symptoms originally appeared on AgingCare.com.
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