Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Deborah Burke

Reader 2

Catherine Reed

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women (Kochanek, Xu, Murphy, Miniño & Kung, 2011). Every year in the United States, more than 600,000 people die from heart disease, which amounts to roughly a quarter of all deaths (Kochanek et al., 2011). Heart attacks account for a large portion of the deaths attributed to heart disease, and include sudden cardiac arrest or chronic cases of heart trouble that develop into heart attack after an extended period of time. Heart attacks affect approximately 935,000 Americans each year, with roughly two-thirds of people experiencing them for a first time (Kochanek et al, 2011). With such a high level of incidence, much research into incidence, prevalence, symptoms, and risk factors is being conducted in hopes of altering such somber statistics in the future.