Count to 40 seconds and an American has died of a heart attack. Over 800 thousand people die every year from heart attacks. One in five heart attacks are silent, meaning blockage of blood flow to the heart starts but the person remains completely unaware. There are many silent warning signs which could make the difference between life or death.
Every minute in the United States, someone is experiencing a heart attack and 12 percent of people will die from this. The known symptoms are rapid chest pains, but that’s not always the case. Women are more likely to go undiagnosed for heart problems and there is an urgent need for healthcare professionals to remain alert to their symptoms, Dublin cardiologist Professor Robert Byrne, who is at the helm of new European guidelines on the treatment of heart attack, stated yesterday.