February is Heart Health Month: How to Keep Yours Healthy

February is American Heart Month, and unfortunately most of us know someone who has had heart disease or has had a stroke. According to the American Heart Association Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Every 37 seconds an American will a coronary event.

Dr. Heather Martin, D.O., from Kirksville Family Medicine and ATSU, stopped by the set of Good Morning Heartland to break down the symptoms to look out for in Heart Disease. WATCH VIDEO ABOVE to learn more.

Heart Attacks and Strokes: It is important for the public to recognize the signs of heart attacks and strokes. Although the following is a summary, not all of these signs occur in every attack. If an individual notices one or more of these signs, the American Heart Association encourages them to seek medical attention immediately.

Heart Attack Warning Signs:

· Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes.

· Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms.

· Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.

Stroke Warning Signs:

· Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body.

· Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye.

· Loss of speech, or trouble talking or understanding speech.

· Sudden, severe headaches with no apparent cause.

· Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or sudden falls, especially along with any of the previous symptoms.

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