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Majority Of US Residents Ignorant About Warning Signs Of Heart Attack

by Medindia Content Team on  February 23, 2008 at 2:25 PM Heart Disease News   - G J E 4
Majority Of US Residents Ignorant About Warning Signs Of Heart Attack
The five warning signals of heart attack are not known to many of the US residents who constitute to the minorty group. This was revealed by CDC study, which was published in the in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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According to the study, only about one in four residents is aware of the five warning signs and which actions to take in response, compared with about three in four residents in.

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For the study, CDC researchers examined data from the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on 71,994 residents in 13 states and Washington, D.C. Participants answered questions about their awareness of the five warning signs and which actions to take in response.

The five warning signs include pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back; weakness, lightheadedness or faintness; pain or discomfort in the chest; pain or discomfort in the arms or shoulder; and shortness of breath.

According to the American Heart Association, chest pain is the most common warning sign, with women more likely to experience shortness of breath and pain in the jaw or back than men.

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
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