Patients who suffer from heart conditions often experience chest pain. It is also common to feel a sensation of pressure and general discomfort in the chest area. Some patients suffer with dizziness, nausea, sweating or shortness of breath. During a heart attack, these symptoms are experienced more intensely. It is also common for those with heart conditions to experience several symptoms at once. In some people, however, no symptoms are present even with severe heart problems.
Fact: In 2006 Cardiovascular disease accounted for 30% of all Canadian deaths.
Fact: Lifestyle has a huge impact on a person's risk of heart conditions. People who don't sleep enough, for example, have a higher risk of heart problems. For women, sleeping less than five hours per night results in a 39% increase in their risk.
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