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TELL CITY - In 2008, an estimated 770,000 Americans will have heart attacks, and about 430,000 will have recurrent attacks. More than 70 million Americans live with some form of heart disease, which remains the leading cause of death in the United States.
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most start slowly with some discomfort. People are often not sure what is wrong and wait too long before getting help. Some possible signs of heart attack are chest discomfort, pain in the jaw and neck and pain and discomfort in the arms.
Other symptoms that may occur are tightness in the chest, a squeezing or fullness sensation or shortness of breath.
The chance of developing coronary heart disease can be greatly reduced with steps like following a low-fat diet, choosing and preparing foods with little or no salt and reducing sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg per day. If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Daily physical activity is an important step to preventing heart disease.
If you feel like you're having symptoms of a heart attack call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.
If you or a loved one is recovering from a heart problem and would like more information about VNA services, call (800) 743-4862 or visit www. vnahc.org.