Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Make Yourself Aware of Heart Disease Symptoms ; WVU Medicine

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Make Yourself Aware of Heart Disease Symptoms ; WVU Medicine

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MORGANTOWN - Heart disease kills more than 5,000 West Virginians each year, more than all forms of cancer combined. Since 1964, the American Heart Association has sponsored February as American Heart Month to underscore the importance of the disease as the country's No. 1 killer.

Heart disease occurs when the arteries that supply the heart with blood slowly develop deposits of cells, fat and cholesterol. This buildup is called plaque. If a blood clot or other particle suddenly blocks blood flow in a narrowed artery, a heart attack can occur.

Heart disease affects both men and women equally, but the symptoms can be very different.

The most common symptom for both men and women is chest pain, but women in particular should be aware of other symptoms:

* Uncomfortable pressure, fullness or pain in the chest

* Sharp pain in the arm(s), back, neck or jaw

* Cold sweats

* Shortness of breath

* Unexplained nausea, dizziness or light-headedness

* Unexplained fatigue

If you experience these symptoms, call 911 immediately. …

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