Young at Heart
It’s Valentine’s Day, which means we’re all daydreaming of our sweethearts. It’s also American Heart Month – the perfect time to consider your whole family’s heart health, because heart disease can strike at any age.
In fact, with obesity on the rise, doctors are seeing a trend of heart disease developing earlier in adulthood. Problems like chest pain, clogged arteries and even heart attack, typically seen in patients over age 45, are being seen in some 30-year-olds.
Keep an eye on your kids’ heart health from birth by following these tips.
· Check the child’s blood pressure beginning at age 3
· Screen for cholesterol levels between ages 9 to 11
· Encourage healthy eating habits, including lots of fruits and veggies
· Promote physical activity at home and at school
· Get an annual physical
The same tips apply to young adults!
Despite proper diet and lots of exercise, some people still develop heart problems. For example, heart rhythm disorders – also called arrhythmias –can affect young adults who are otherwise very healthy.
Watch for these heart rhythm signs and symptoms:
· Heart palpitations
· Rapid heartbeat
· A sensation that your heart skips a beat
· Shortness of breath
· Discomfort in your chest
· Fatigue or weakness
· Cardiac arrest (heart stops beating)
If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
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Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.