I couldn’t let this 2022 American Heart month end without sharing this call to action with you! ❤ This heart disease awareness month means a lot to me because my beloved grandmother who I affectionately called Big Ma had a heart attack when I was a teenager. I remember being in the waiting room while she had her triple bypass surgery and watching her recover from it post surgery. After the heart attack she intentionally changed her eating habits to prevent another heart attack. As a result of those changes she lived to see 96 years of age. I miss her so much! She was so special to me and such an inspiration to the work I do in health and wellness today.
As we come to the close of this American Heart Month I want to remind you that Heart Disease is a silent killer and is the #1 cause of death in the United States. But did you know that heart disease prevention education and healthy lifestyle changes could help reduce your risk of getting heart disease up to 80%??? As a result I decided that I would make a yearly appointment to see a Cardiologist to get a preventative heart screening to check on my heart health. By God’s grace I don’t have high blood pressure, diabetes, Pre-diabetes nor high cholesterol but because my bloodline has a history of heart disease I want to be sure that I’m doing my due diligence in getting screened and making sure I’m taking preventative steps to prevent the onset of heart disease.
I’m grateful that my health system in Georgia, Piedmont Health offers a yearly heart health screening to the greater metro Atlanta community and I’m sure other Health Systems like Novant Health and Atrium Health in my home city Charlotte NC and other cities around the United States offer it too. Start with setting up a yearly physical appointment and ask your Primary Care Physician if this Preventative Heart Screening is available in your local area. The heart screening usually includes the following:
– Complete health history
– Family history, depression scale, sleep evaluation and cardiac risk assessment.
– Physical exam
– Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)
– Extensive lab work
– Electrocardiogram (EKG)
– Heart health report and more…
My yearly heart screening appointment has been set for March 2022 and I can’t wait to go and get the results so I’ll know what further actions I need to take to prevent heart disease in my life. According to the American Heart Association here are some quick heart disease and stroke prevention tips:
Let’s make an intentional effort to spread the word about this and take steps to prevent or intervene in the development of heart disease in our lives, our families’ lives and in our communities. Let’s not make this a one month event but a healthy lifestyle going forward. Are you with me???
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