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Is having a heart attach painful ? what ways can u prevent it ?

Is having a heart attach painful? what ways can u prevent it? what should you do when you see someone having a heart attack and does it hurt a lot ?
Thu, 10 Dec 2009
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A heart attack is extremely painful. Eat right (litle to no red meat) exericise and reduce stress are starters
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