admin - August 8, 2014
Taking care of your heart at an early age just became more important for women.
New research shows that women who suffered a heart attack between the ages of 30 and 54 have a higher risk of dying once they arrived at the hospital. A cardiologist from Yale, Dr. Harlan Krumholz, found that between 2 and 3 percent of young women who were hospitalized for a heart attack died between 2001 and 2010. Compared to 1.7 and 2 percent for men, women have a much higher risk.
Why the Difference?
Young women are commonly thought to not be at a high risk for heart attacks, and many ignore symptoms and warning signs. Symptoms of a heart attack cover a wide range including chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and nausea.
Education is the most important piece of the puzzle, making sure young women are aware that they are at risk for heart disease and heart attacks early in life. Without this realization there is a delay in recognizing symptoms, delayed diagnosis and a delay in treatment strategy.
Preventing Heart Disease
The best treatment for a serious condition such as heart disease is prevention. At Life Line Screening, we offer a preventive heart disease screenings. Here are the available options:
Complete Lipid Panel Screening: (High Cholesterol) A simple finger-stick screening that measures three lipids in the bloodstream HDL “good cholesterol”, LDL “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides in addition to total cholesterol.
C-reactive Protein Screening: This is a finger-stick screening that measures C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in the bloodstream that can assist in determining heart disease and stroke risk levels. CRP levels are higher because of infection and inflammation.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening: An ultrasound screening that measures the abdominal aorta.
Glucose Screening: A finger-stick screening that measures blood sugar levels after eight hours of fasting. This is meant to identify diabetes, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.
High Blood Pressure Screening: This is performed at every one of our heart screenings, and measures diastolic and systolic blood pressure. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease since it can cause a buildup of scar tissue in artery walls, that can lead to a heart attack.
For a complete list of risk factors and warning signs for heart disease, visit our screening page.
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