One in three Americans will suffer from cardiovascular disease, which is the leading killer of both men and women. Factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol damage the heart, causing it to enlarge, strain and eventually fail.
"Women actually can present, or have very different symptoms [of a heart attack] than men," Dr. Lisa says. "Women: You have to listen to your bodies, know your bodies, don't ignore any signs and talk to your doctors."
Heart Attack Symptoms:
• Chest pain
• Jaw or arm pain
• Shortness of breath
Steps for Healthy Heart:
• Regular exercise
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Maintain a healthy blood pressure
• Limit salt and alcohol
• Control diabetes
• Manage thyroid conditions
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork describes how to take care of your heart -- every beat counts!
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