Heart disease is the leading cause of death for US men and women and can be a silent killer. Everyone is at risk of heart disease but those who are diabetics, smokers, obese, and have a family history have an increased risk.
Amarillo man, Steve Jones, says because he was not aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart disease he could have lost his life.
"I was stunned. I thought I had a sore throat. I didn't have any of the symptoms that they tell you you are gonna have. So finally my wife convinced me to go to the hospital and took in and within 5 minutes they told me I was having a heart attack. "
Jones says he did not realize how much family history increases the risk of having a heart attack.
"I thought I was going to escape because I was very active. I was a professional ballet dancer, professional entertainer, I could swim a mile easily."
Cardiologist Dr. Assadour Assadourian says the best way to detect risks is by listening to your body.
"It's our bodies. You know your body, I know my body. We have lived in these bodies and that's what I tell patients when they ask how I am going to distinguish this sharp pain in my chest area, well you know your body."
Common signs are chronic chest pain, and pains in the upper body in areas like the neck, back, and arms. Women, seniors, and diabetics are more likely to have subtle symptoms.