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Heart smarts: Learning the symptoms of a heart attack key to survival

Saturday, February 25, 2012

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Heart attack survivor Peggy McKinney of Sikeston stands proud in the cardiology unit at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. February is American Heart Month.
(Photo by Leonna Heuring, Staff)
Heart attacks strike every 34 seconds but many people put off seeking help

leonnah@standard-democrat.com

SIKESTON -- Last summer Peggy McKinney of Sikeston began experiencing tingling in her arm and fingers.

Chalking it up to carpal tunnel syndrome, she did nothing. Within two months, McKinney suffered a heart attack.

"I had the symptoms but didn't know it," said McKinney.

The night before her heart attack occurred -- Aug. 2, 2011 -- McKinney said she had a "full feeling" in her stomach and couldn't eat anything.

"It felt like indigestion," McKinney recalled. "I went to bed early, but every time I laid down, it felt worse. I was up all night and couldn't sleep."

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