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When it comes to your cardiovascular risk, don’t take chances

Cardiovascular disease is very serious. Here are just a few examples, and believe me, they're easier to understand than pronounce.

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Atherosclerosis (ath-UH-row-skluh-ROW-sis)

A long word for a simple concept. This causes fatty plaque to build up in your blood vessels, which can lead to things like heart attack or stroke.

Arrhythmia (uh-rith-ME-uh)

Also known as an “irregular heartbeat,” this is caused by structural changes or damage in your heart.

Heart failure

Exactly what it sounds like. This occurs when your heart muscles weaken and can’t supply enough blood throughout your body.

It’s important for you and your family to know the common signs and symptoms so if they show up, you can get medical help right away. Remember: People can experience different symptoms in different ways, or experience symptoms that are more or less severe than other people's symptoms. In fact, some people may experience no symptoms at all.

Some people are at greater risk than others. Diabetes = increased risk of heart disease. And ethnic groups such as Black Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, and Native Americans get diabetes at a higher rate than others.

Common symptoms of a heart attack may include:

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Feeling pressure, tightness, or pain in your chest or arms
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Nausea, indigestion, heartburn, or stomach pain
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Shortness of breath
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Cold sweat
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Feeling tired
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Light-headedness or sudden dizziness

Common symptoms of a stroke may include:

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Weakness or droopiness of the face
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Issues with your vision
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Weakness or numbness in the arms
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Severe headache
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Dizziness and trouble walking
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Difficulty speaking or slurred speech

If you experience any of these signs and symptoms, seek medical attention right away. Don’t mess around—go get the help you need.

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