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6 Types of Heart Disease Doctors Need You to Know

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Heart disease is a leading cause of death

In Canada, about 12 adults die from heart disease each hour, making it the second leading cause of death nationally.Still,heart disease is often preventable. So what accounts for such statistics?A number of factors, says Salim Hayek, a cardiologist at the Michigan Medicine Frankel Cardiovascular Center at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “While aging is the major driver of heart disease, there are other important lifestyle factors that contribute, including smoking and theobesityepidemic.”Heart disease doesn’t always cause symptoms. And even when it does, the symptoms can be subtlelike fatigue orshortness of breaththat you may pass off as being out of shape.Other times, heart disease is glaringly evident withheart attack symptomssuch as chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, upper back or neck pain, or pain in one or both arms. (Never brush off these symptoms and call 911 immediately.)(Related: What Causes Heart Disease? 9 Things Doctors Need You to Know)

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