West Columbia, SC (WLTX)- According to the American Heart Association, 715,000 people in the United States will have a heart attack this year.
"It is the leading cause of death in America, heart attacks are number one, and if you combine all of the other risk of death they still don't equal heart disease," said Dr. Robert Malanuk.
Dr. Malanuk is a cardiologist at Lexington Medical Center, he spends his days and nights repairing hearts at the hospital.
"If you are smoking, not paying attention to your high blood pressure and if your weight is out of control, it is a matter of when you are going to have a heart attack because one in two American's will be affected by heart disease."
If you find yourself needing to help a heart attack patient, know you are working against a ticking time bomb.
"Take an asprin immediately and chew it up," said Dr. Malanuk. "Secondly, call 911 and don't delay. The earlier you can get to the emergency room, the better it is going to be for you."
Some signs of a heart attack are the following symptoms: Chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath and nausea
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