Cardiovascular disease is known as the silent killer—especially for women. It takes the lives of roughly one million Americans every single year, which equals approximately 1 in 4 deaths (more than half are female). Heart disease is considered a silent killer because it often doesn’t display telltale symptoms like cancer or lung disease. And many individuals who don’t have their cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly succumb to heart attack without ever realizing they ever had a health issue.
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But why take my word when you can hear some heartfelt advice directly from the mouths of professionals…
But why take my word when you can hear some heartfelt advice directly from the mouths of these cardiovascular professionals (keep in mind, the following slides are paraphrased not direct quotes)…
1. Begin Screenings Early
Start asking for regular blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol, and blood glucose tests in your 20s. At the beginning they may only be needed every second to fifth year, but once you turn 50 be sure to have them monitored more frequently—particularly if you are showing signs of heart disease (i.e., fatigue and shortness of breath for no reason, indigestion, anxiety following exercise).
~ JoAnne Foody, M.D., Medical Director, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School