Hidden risks: new research shows Lincoln has heart problems

Every year, the U.S. sees over 350,000 cases of cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting. But, lately there has been a rise in fatal heart problems between the ages of 45 and 64. 

Lincoln has been identified as the fourth highest city for cardiac deaths nationwide.* 

We spoke with Bryan Heart Cardiologist Dr. Keith Miller about what might be causing this. He said with the national rise in obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, it’s the perfect storm for heart problems. So, it’s all about knowing your health risks.

“For many people who are getting into their 40’s and 50’s even, if they do try and follow a healthy diet and exercise on a regular basis they may still have some risk. In that age group half of the people who have high blood pressure don’t even know it, and the ones that do know it are often under-treated… you have to go in and get checked out to identify risk and get it treated”.

It’s important to not ignore concerning symptoms, such as a squeezing pain in the center or left part of your chest. Talk with your medical provider about how you can best prevent heart problems.

*metro areas with a population larger than 100,000

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