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If you feel something, say something!

You didn’t get where you are today by being a pushover.

You did it by standing up for yourself — for being strong as an ox and stubborn as a mule when necessary.

Just don’t take that stubbornness too far, or you’ll be something else, too…dead as a doornail!

Folks always talk about a heart attack or other heart problem as if it suddenly fell out of the sky one day. The deadliest heart problem of all even has the word “sudden” baked right into its name: sudden cardiac arrest.

That’s when your heart powers down, and it’s fatal nine times out of 10.

Sounds like the deck is stacked against you, right? It’s a surprise, and it’ll kill you 90 percent of the time.

But what if you could flip those odds and give yourself a fighting chance?

Well, I’m here to tell you that you can — because despite that scary name, there’s nothing “sudden” about sudden cardiac arrest in many cases.

According to new findings just published in Annals of Internal Medicine, warning signs strike at least half of all patients in the hours, days, and even weeks before, according to a new study of those who have actually survived this dance with death.

The problem? Many people don’t actually recognize those symptoms for what they are: A cry for help from your body, and your first and often only chance to get your ticker back on track before a life-or-death battle with cardiac arrest.

Some of the warning signs are ones that any heart patient would recognize, like chest pain and shortness of breath. Problem is, many folks wait to see “if it’ll pass.”

But if you don’t take action when you start to feel something, you could wait yourself right into the grave. When it comes to sudden cardiac arrest, you don’t have to time to spare.

Those aren’t the only warning signs, either. There are a few others that you might never link to a heart problem, like the sudden onset of flu-like symptoms or back and/or abdominal pain.

Feel any of that, seek attention — because getting help will boost your odds of survival by five times, according to the study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Even if it seems pretty minor, DON’T ignore it. The study finds the mildest symptoms actually lead to the deadliest outcomes — so if you FEEL something… SAY something!

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