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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Heart Attacks | Are you at risk?

Over the past year, I have seen a significant increase in the number of people having heart attacks. Every one of them ended up having one or more stents placed in order to survive. Even though these aren’t massive, fatal attacks, I am very concerned.

Blockage or partial blockage of the vessels seems to be the common factor. Unless a person is having obvious symptoms— chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness of the left arm—one would not routinely go to the doctor for an evaluation. Many of these people are my age or younger!

So, what do we do? Are we all walking medical emergencies waiting to happen? I encourage everyone to get yearly blood work-ups, including cardiac risk assessment and diabetes screening. Most health insurances will cover these tests. If you don’t have insurance, there are a number of health fairs that offer reduced fees for this service. Please, take control of your health and life. Be proactive instead of reactive.

Welcome to my life.

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