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A good friend of mine, Sara, is a mother of two, living a busy life with a full-time job. For months she had been ignoring the fact that she was constantly short of breath. She assumed it was because she hadn’t been working out and old age was catching up to her.What Sara didn’t know what that she was at high risk of suffering a heart attack. Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in women over 65 in the United States? There are a lot of factors that can contribute to heart disease including stress, high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking.
A family history of heart disease may also increase your chance of having heart conditions. It’s important to know what you can do and what technology is available to help you protect yourself. Sara decided to find out why she was short of breath. She talked to her doctor and scheduled an electrocardiogram (EKG). An EKG is a test that measures the electrical activity of your heart. Essentially, it checks the health and condition of the heart. It is commonly performed after heart attacks and to diagnose chest pain. What are some of the symptoms I need to look out for?
Many heart problems have similar warning signs you should be aware of including: Chest pain Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Dizziness or fainting Sweating, nausea or vomiting If you are continuously experiencing any of these symptoms, you should ask your doctor if you need an EKG. EKG’s can also be used to screen for early heart disease that has no symptoms. Screening EKG’s are sometimes performed as a part of routine physicals. The procedure only takes a few minutes and is completely painless.
Be aware of the warning signs of heart disease. Don’t ignore those symptoms. Sara decided she didn’t want to wait until it was too late. She was proactive about her health to find out what she can do to protect herself. Fortunately, she had time to make changes before she was hit by a heart attack, and I’m thankful she did. Learn if your heart needs some love and schedule your EKG at (407) 303-2273.