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A Life-Saving Heart Scan You Probably Won’t Get

August 7, 2016

heartburnThe documentary film Widowmaker opens with an all-American scene — a softball game among middle-aged men. Next, one of the players flashes back to the day he was enjoying the game — until he went to the dugout, collapsed, and was carted off in an ambulance. The problem is not a surprise — he had a heart attack.

The fact that he is now here to tell his story is a surprise, however, as many don’t survive a heart attack. About 735,000 Americans have a heart attack every year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, and more than 525,000 of them are first heart attacks. For many of those people, the attack comes totally without warning. And the first, fatal symptom is their last.

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