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Some might believe heart disease is only a problem for older adults.

But, that’s not the case. In fact, conditions that lead to heart disease are developing at a younger age.

Americans, ages 35-64, are at risk for heart disease earlier in life due to high rates in obesity and high blood pressure. Heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the U.S. is coronary artery disease, which affects blood flow to the heart. Decreased blood flow can cause a heart attack.

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Sometimes heart  disease may be “silent” and not diagnosed until a person experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure or an arrhythmia. When these events happen, symptoms made include:

Arrhythmia: Fluttering feelings in the chest.

Heart attack: Chest pain or discomfort, upper back or neck pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort, dizziness and shortness of breath.

Heart failure: Shortness of breath, fatigue or swelling of feed, ankles, legs, abdomen or neck veins.

 

About 67,000 Americans die from heart disease each year - that's 1 in every 4 deaths.

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For more information and resources, visit:

CDC: Heart Disease

American Heart Association

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute