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Report: West Virginia Has Two Cities Where People Have The Most Heart Attacks
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on July 29, 2013 @ 6:38PM
Created on July 29, 2013 @ 5:51PM

There are some sobering new facts when it comes to heart attacks. That's because according to a recent study the Mountain State has two cities in the top five where people have the most heart attacks.

The report issued by Gallup claims Charleston and Huntington rank in the top five cities of where people have the most heart attacks.

While those two cities are located in the southern part of the state, doctors told 5 News they're seeing similar trends in our area.

Heart attacks happen when an artery leading to your heart get blocked. Sometimes that's caused by a chronic disease that's handed down from your parents. However, researchers added that smoking, poor eating habits, and a lack of exercise also cause them.

"Warning signs could be variable," Dr. Robert Beto, a cardiologist with the WVU Heart Institute, said. "Your prototypical warning sign is heaviness in the middle of your chest, under your breast bone associated with shortness of breath."

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