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How Much Do You Know About Heart Health? Here’s What’s Important

Heart HealthDo you know the symptoms of heart attack? Would you know what to do if you are having a heart attack? Do you even know if you are at risk?

If you answered “no” to these questions, you’re not alone. A recent Cleveland Clinic survey revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about their heart health.

That attitude can be deadly: Heart attacks cause more deaths in the United States every year than all forms of cancer combined. Yet coronary artery disease — the disease that causes heart attacks — is largely preventable.  The good news is that the steps to prevent heart disease are the same measures that can lower your risk of heart attack. But you have to care.

“If you don’t know your risk for heart disease, you cannot take steps to prevent it,” says Steven Nissen, MD, Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

Here are key things you need to know.