The color red ribbon is symbol of heart disease awareness, and February is American Heart Month dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular disease.
Quick Facts: Symptoms of Heart Attack and Stroke
Often, there are no symptoms of the underlying disease of the blood vessels. A heart attack or stroke may be the first warning of underlying disease.
Symptoms of a heart attack include:
- Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest
- Pain or discomfort in the arms, the left shoulder, elbows, jaw, or back
- Women are more likely to have shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and back or jaw pain
- The person may experience difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath; feeling sick or vomiting; feeling light-headed or faint; breaking into a cold sweat; and becoming pale
Common symptoms of a stroke
- Sudden weakness of the face, arm, or leg, most often on one side of the body.
Other symptoms include sudden onset of:
- Fainting or unconsciousness
- Difficulty seeing with one or both eyes
- Severe headache with no known cause
- Confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- Difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
Symptoms of rheumatic heart disease include:
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heart beat
- Chest pain and fainting
Symptoms of rheumatic fever include:
- Pain and swelling of the joints
- Stomach cramps and vomiting
Statistics: Cardiovascular Disease
- Over three quarters of CVD deaths take place in low and middle income countries.
- CVDs are the number 1 cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause.
- Out of the 16 million deaths under the age of 70 due to noncommunicable diseases, 82% are in low and middle income countries and 37% are caused by CVDs.
- An estimated 17.5 million people died from CVDs in 2012, representing 31% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, an estimated 7.4 million were due to coronary heart disease and 6.7 million were due to stroke.
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