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Heart Health: Ignoring the symptoms of Heart Disease

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When it comes to heart problems, men and women often ignore symptoms. Donnie Edwards Senior knew something was wrong. But he ignored it, for 5 or 6 months.

“I was having a lot of shortness of breath, just walking down to the mailbox and back to the house and my chest felt like it was fixing to explode it was getting so tight,” said Edwards.

To Dr. Kerry Paape, a Cardiothoracic surgeon with St. Francis, Edwards’ response to his symptoms is typical.

“Typically men ignore their symptoms by downgrading their activities so they don’t have symptoms,” said Dr. Paape.

In Edwards’ case, he came close to a massive heart attack had he kept on ignoring the signs. Doctors discovered his aortic valve was deteriorating.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. The American Heart Association lists seven things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease. It’s called Life’s Simple 7: Get active, control your cholesterol, eat better, manage your blood pressure, lose weight, reduce blood sugar and stop smoking.

Teresa Whitaker

In addition to co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts weeknights, Teresa serves as the Healthwatch reporter for WRBL. More>>

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