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For too many people, a heart attack is their first clue that they have heart disease. Or for people who perhaps knew they had risk factors for heart disease but didnít realize how serious their condition was, symptoms of a heart attack serve as late wake-up call that prevention should have been a higher priority. Chances are, if youíre reading this article, youíve already been diagnosed with some kind of heart disease. If so, hopefully youíre working with your doctor on controlling your manageable risk factors and taking other preventive steps to lower your odds of a heart attack or stroke.