Feb 08, 2019
By Jane Brown
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans, with about 750,000 people suffering heart attacks every year.
Researchers say that while chest pain is a typical symptom of a heart attack, sometimes it can present more subtly as shortness of breath or lightheadedness.
Studies show that between 2008 and 2017, more Americans were able to identify symptoms of a heart attack.
But some groups, including younger people, men, racial minorities, and the less educated, were less likely to be able to do so, highlighting a need for ongoing education.
Fortunately, there was also an increase in the number of people who knew to call 911 for a suspected heart attack, with almost 95 per cent of people guessing correctly.
The study is found in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.