Europeans' heartfelt ignorance

Europeans' heartfelt ignorance

Many don't recognize heart attack, stroke warning signs

By Bruce Bower, 16:12 PM January 9, 2012

Heart attacks and strokes wreak havoc throughout Europe but often travel incognito. A majority of people in nine European countries recognize few or no warning signs of these potentially deadly conditions, a new study finds.

About half of Europeans don’t realize that it’s best to call an ambulance when someone displays stroke symptoms, say psychologist Jutta Mata of the University of Basel in Switzerland and her colleagues. People with high blood pressure or who are obese — two key risk fac...

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