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Stay Heart Smart

The most common sign of a heart attack is chest pain, but pain in your arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach can also be signs of an attack. You might also be short of breath, break out in a cold sweat, or feel nauseous. If you have chest pain with or without other symptoms, get help right away. The faster you get care, the less chance of permanent damage.

Heart disease can be a family affair. Research indicates if your parents have heart disease you’re more likely to develop the disease. A study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found women’s risk is 43% greater if their mother has heart disease and 17% greater if their father has it. Men’s risk increases 55% from mothers and 41% from fathers. If your parents have heart disease, talk to your doctor about your risk and staying heart healthy.

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