Faint of Heart?

The phrase "faint of heart" describes someone who's squeamish. But it may have new meaning after a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that people who fainted were 74 percent more likely to be admitted to the hospital for a heart attack or a stroke in the future. They were also five times more likely to need a pacemaker.

Researchers concluded that fainting, even in otherwise healthy individuals, should be taken seriously and regarded as a possible early warning sign for underlying heart disease. Tell your doctor about any fainting spells.

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