Here is what you didn’t know about heart diseases

1. There are many types of heart diseases.

They include hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary heart disease (heart attack), and cerebrovascular disease (stroke).

2. Having no friends could be as deadly as smoking, a Harvard University study suggested.

There’s a link between loneliness and the levels of a blood-clotting protein which can cause heart attacks and stroke.

3. The first heart transplant was done in Australia.

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The first heart transplant using a “dead heart” was performed by surgeons in Australia, in October 2014.

4. 1 in 3 worldwide deaths in 2016 were caused by Cardiovascular diseases.

An estimated 17.9 million people died worldwide from cardiovascular diseases in 2016, representing 31% of all global deaths. In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.

5. Many heart attacks occur on Monday mornings.

Heart attacks are particularly common during the fall and winter, and on Monday mornings. This is believed to be the case because the body has to work harder to pump blood, which is thicker in the morning. At the same time, in the morning, the body’s stress hormones such as cortisol spike.

6. Most people don’t know the warning signs of a heart attack.

Just 27% of Americans know heart attack warning signs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Remember these heart attack warning signs: 

  1. Chest pain
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Nausea
  4. Cold sweat
  5. Pain in the jaw, neck, arms, back or stomach

7. Chewing an aspirin helps during a heart attack.

Chewing an aspirin as soon as heart attack symptoms appear can limit heart damage. The first thing you do after calling an ambulance is chewing a 325-milligram aspirin while you wait for the ambulance.

8. Heart attacks are not due to the modern lifestyle.

CT Scans of Egyptian mummies show that many had heart attacks debunking the myth that coronary heart disease is caused solely by modern-day lifestyles.

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