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One person dies every minute from heart disease

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 6:01pm

According to recent Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 50 percent of men and 64 percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have had no previous symptoms of the disease.

And the majority of sudden cardiac deaths occur in men.

In fact, it's three to four times more common in men than in women.

And the problem is that if the patient does have symptoms, they aren't really anything out of the norm.

So what can you watch out for?

"The most common symptom is chest discomfort or chest pain," said Dr. Dudley Goulden, Chief Cardiologist at UT Health. "Other common symptoms are weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath."

Dr. Goulden says even if you feel the slightest chest pain or think you could have any of these symptoms to get checked out immediately.

The difference between checking and waiting could ultimately be your life.

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