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What is the number one cause of death throughout the world?

For more than two decades, the leading killer in the world has been heart disease.

Because of that, the month of February has been renamed American Heart Month.

“February is a time that allows us to bring awareness to heart health, as people do not always understand the seriousness of it,” said Dr. Stacy Goddard, assistant professor of kinesiology at Missouri State.

“Our hope is this month helps people understand some of the symptoms of heart disease and some preventative measures they can take.”

Being proactive

Since it is such a common issue, Goddard stresses how important it is for people to understand heart health.

This education is vital to prevent heart disease, cardiac arrest and other heart-related health problems.

“Heart disease can affect anyone and everyone,” said Goddard.

“It is important for everyone, no matter their age or gender, to be aware of the basic symptoms that can occur with heart disease.”

The basic symptoms include:

    • Chest pain.
    • Pain radiating down the left arm.
    • Shortness of breath during normal activities.
    • Nausea.
    • Sweating.

Ways to stay ahead

Though it is hard to determine who is at risk for heart disease, there…

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