According to a recent study heart disease is the major killer among American citizens.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) made a public note saying that 611, 000 individuals died of a heart attack in 2013. Dr. Rahul Jhaveri, cardiologist at Lancaster General Hospital, stated that heart disease is very common among people. The statistics, he claimed, show that every 30-40 seconds someone in the U.S is experiencing a heart attack.
It appears the main reason for high mortality rate is that people cannot recognize the symptoms of a heart attack or they simply choose to ignore them. A team of scientists used the information from the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study and found that between 2002 and 2012 people who had a heart attack experienced symptoms in the previous 30 days.
The majority of them had showed signs of heart problems within 24 hours of their collapse. Also, some of the patients noticed that the symptoms appeared a week or a month before the actual heart attack. According to doctors, the most frequent indicator of a heart attack is either acute chest pain or pain that spreads to the left arm. Moreover, some patients said they had shortness of breath, neck or jaw pain as well as indigestion, nausea and fatigue.
As Dr. Jhaveri stated, some victims reported having symptoms they’ve never experienced before. In addition, he added:
„If you feel that you are having a symptom that you’ve never felt, something that feels unusually intense, those are warning signs that you may be having a heart attack.”
However, it was estimated men and women’s warning sings are different. In men, the most common symptoms are chest and arm pain, while women experience dizziness, heartburn feelings, sweating and fatigue. Many female victims said they had flu-like symptoms. The American Heart Association released a new report that points out the differences between heart attack symptoms in women and men.
According to experts women are prone to jaw pain, back pain nausea and shortness of breath. What’s more, in young women who suffer from type-2 diabetes the risk of heart attack is five times higher than men. The most vulnerable women, though, are African-American and Hispanic.
The American Heart Association found that 49 percent of black women over 20 years suffer from heart disease. Hispanic women also are likely to develop heart issues 10 years earlier than non-Hispanic women. Experts declared that genetic factors and dietary differences may have an important role in the development of heart disease in African-American and Hispanic women.
For example, Hispanic females show a higher obesity rate compared to the general population. Also, African-American women are prone to hypertension and diabetes which makes them more likely to suffer a heart attack. The American Heart Association noted that they will need further gender specific research in order to get a better understanding of how women and men heart attack symptoms differ.
Experts’ conclusion is that heart disease is the major killer among American citizens. Their recommendation is that patients should get medical examinations more often and also to focus more on their lifestyle and daily habits.
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