Features September 2008 Issue

Be Alert to Heart Attack Symptoms — It May Save Your Life

An alarming number of patients with a history of heart attack still donít know the warning signs and underestimate their risk.

Awareness of heart attack symptoms can be a life-saver among people who have already suffered a heart attack, or who suffer cardiac risk factors like hypertension or diabetes, according to a recent study. The finding is a wake-up call to people with heart disease, according to Michael Faulx, MD, a staff cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. "People who arenít familiar with the signs may not seek treatment," he says. "A heart attack causes heart muscle cells to dieóthe longer you wait the more muscle you lose."

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