Heart Disease

Listen to Your Heart

Heart attacks don’t all manifest in the same way, which is why many people never even realize they’re having one. “Symptoms can be typical or atypical,” says Cheryl Russo, MD, an adult cardiologist at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte. “It’s important to recognize them right away because early intervention leads to better outcomes.” The following signs should send you to a physician:

  • Chest pain, usually on the left side
  • Pain in the arm, shoulder, or jaw (usually the left side)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Extreme fatigue, especially in women
  • A general sensation of dread or foreboding
Heart Health by the numbers

2 Rank of heart disease among the leading causes of death in Mecklenburg County in 2008. (Compared to #1 rank in the state and in the U.S.)
Source: 2010 Mecklenburg County Community Health Assessment

33% Percentage of Mecklenburg County adults reported being told in 2009 that they have high cholesterol (240 MG/DL or more total cholesterol)
Source: 2010 Mecklenburg County Community Health Assessment

954 Number of deaths from heart disease in Mecklenburg County in 2008.
Source: 2010 Mecklenburg County Community Health Assessment

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