The sudden heart attack that killed NBC newsman Tim Russert yesterday has shocked the country.
But even more shocking is how many people — over a million — have sudden heart attacks every year, often without warnings or symptoms, in the U.S. And how many die: about a third.
And the symptoms of a heart attack may not be the traditional chest or arm pains.
Until today, I had no idea that abdominal or jaw pain can be a symptom of an impending heart attack.
Russert might have thought he simply had indigestion.
This is so sad and very scary. And a darn good reason to get a complete checkup, eat right, lose weight, stop smoking, lower stress, watch your cholesterol, get off the couch, whatever.
Will Russert’s death inspire you to change your lifestyle, get a checkup, and/or lose weight?
As Tim used to say so often, "Thank you for sharing your views."
Photo: Tim Russert at Harvard University in 2005.