Germans underestimate heart attack death risk: study

Germans underestimate heart attack death risk: study
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Many Germans think they are about one and a half times as likely to survive a heart attack than is actually the case, Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Nearly one in four respondents to a survey by market research institute GfK thought they had a 70 percent chance of surviving a heart attack, the newspaper reported.

In reality the chance of surviving a heart attack is about 50 percent, according to the Bild report.

Few of the 502 men and women GfK surveyed in Germany were able to identify symptoms of a heart attack correctly.

Just over 14 percent correctly identified nausea as a sign of a heart attack, while 12.2 percent were able to identify feeling dizzy as a heart attack symptom, and 3.1 percent knew stomach pain is a symptom of a heart attack.