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Knowing Heart Attack Risk Factors Key to Prevention

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 Half of all presenters of heart disease are in the form of a heart attack, meaning the first time you know you've got a problem, it could be too late. 

 It's talked about a lot, especially during February. But, how often to we take it seriously? Doctors say there are six main risk factors for heart attack.

 First; being a man. Men have heart attacks more oftent than women. Second; high blood pressure, third; high cholesterol, fourth; diabetes, fifth; smoking, and sixth; a family history of heart disease.

 "Doesn't mean if you have all six risk factors, you're doomed. Nor does it mean if you don't have any risk factors you're immune, but it kind of gives you and overall assessment," said Dr. Scott Davis, a cardiologist at Baptist Health Center.

 A heart attack may not be extremely painful in the beginning. Dr. davis says typically it's pressure, heavy full, dull sensation that begins in the chest radiates to shoulders and can last anywhere from 1 minute to more than five. He says it can be easy to dismiss the symptoms as not happening to you. He also says sufferers often times don't want to trouble anyone.

 "The majority of heart attacks that we see folks wait some two plus hours before they even respond to it. So, the key message here is, if you have symptoms, heaviness, shortness of breath, pressure sensation in the chest that lingers for up to five minutes, go ahead and react to it and don't wait," said Dr. Davis.

 Dr. Davis says reacting should include two things. Call 911 and take an aspirin. More often a heart attack is not fatal. But time is of the essence.