Know Your Signs and Symptoms
Every year, more than 1 million Americans suffer from a heart attack- and about half of them die. Many people don’t recognize the signs of a heart attack or wait too long to get help, a decision that can cause death or a lifelong disability. Medical West would like to remind its employees and the community to recognize the five major symptoms of a heart attack. A person’s chances of surviving a heart attack are increased if emergency treatment is given to the victim as soon as possible.
Sudden Cardiac Death
If you've ever heard of or known someone who suffers a "sudden death", it can be quite a disturbing story. Many times, what seems to be a relatively young and healthy person can just "drop dead".
Known as sudden cardiac death (SCD), it is a sudden, unexpected death caused when the heart stops functioning. The cause of approximately 325,000 adult deaths in the US each year, it is the largest cause of natural death and responsible for 50% of heart disease deaths in the US.
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