3 Shocking Heart Truths You Have to Read to Believe


heart1It should be no surprise that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Rather than tell you what you know about heart heath, we found three shocking heart truths that you never would have guessed.

1. Broken Heart Syndrome is real

Doctors sometimes misdiagnose broken hearts as heart attacks. The heart2difference is that a broken heart is caused by an emotionally stressful event such as the death of a loved one, breakup, betrayal or romantic rejection. According to USA Today, women are seven to nine times more likely to experience broken heart syndrome than men. Fortunately, broken heart syndrome is usually treatable, but should be checked out immediately by a physician.

2.       You could suffer from “Holiday Heart”

heart4Holiday heart syndrome most commonly refers to the association between alcohol use and heart rhythm disturbances in apparently healthy people. Those with Holiday Heart will experience the sudden onset of rapid heart rate, palpitations, and often dizziness or shortness of breath.  Doctors are well aware of the phenomenon of Holiday Heart and that it is typically brought on after an episode of binge drinking.

3.  Men and women don’t have the same heart attack symptoms

Some differences between the male and female heart are not shocking. For example, a woman’s heart is heart5smaller than a man’s heart. Even though the most common heart attack symptom in both men and woman is chest pain or discomfort, woman are more likely to have nausea, indigestion, and shoulder aches rather than the hallmark chest pain. More than a half million woman have a heart attack each year, which is why they should recognize these key differences in the heart attack symptoms  for women.

The hardest working muscle in your body is your heart and we hope you work just as hard to keep your heart healthy to avoid these heart health risks.

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