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Heart Disease Facts for National Wear Red Day


It’s National Wear Red Day, held annually on the first Friday of February to raise awareness about heart disease in women. While heart disease can affect all walks of life, it is estimated that 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year.

We couldn’t agree more with the American Heart Association when they say, “The more a woman knows about heart disease, the better chance she has of beating it.” In fact, 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. As such we wanted to help raise awareness of this unfortunately common disease by sharing some important facts.

Facts About Heart Disease

Early action is important.

When it comes to a heart attack or stroke, it’s important to act FAST. Understand the symptoms and warning signs and respond immediately, survival chances are greater when treatment begins quickly. Heart attacks may involve some discomfort in the chest (pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain) and other areas of the upper body (like the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach). Other symptoms may include shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness. However there are many Americans who have heart attacks each year and don’t present prior symptoms. With the advancement of CT scanners, a Coronary CT Angiogram (CTA) can help doctors evaluate coronary artery disease and evaluate a patient’s risk of heart attack.

For where stroke is concerned - act F.A.S.T. with this simple test:

  • Face — ask the person to smile, does their face droop to one side?
  • Arms — ask the person to raise both arms, does one drift downward?
  • Speech — ask the person to repeat an easy sentence, are they slurring their words?
  • Time — if a person shows any of the above symptoms, call 911 ASAP, time is important.

Can heart disease be prevented?
Good news is there are several steps you can take to help lower your risk of developing the disease. This includes: quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and keeping up with your overall health. This means treating other health conditions (like high blood pressure and diabetes) and keeping up with recommended health screenings.

How is heart disease diagnosed?

Your doctor can perform several tests such as a physical exam, blood tests, exercise stress tests, chest X-rays, electrocardiogram (ECG), cardiac computerized tomography (CT) scan, and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Discuss with your doctor which test(s) would be best for you.

As one of Long Island's most respected radiology practices for over 80 years, we’ve worked continuously to serve patients and referring physicians with the latest advances in diagnostic imaging. If you’re in need of CTA or additional imaging tests - choose Medical Arts Radiology. Our commitment to providing the highest level of care begins with our doctors, all board-certified with extensive experience and advanced specialty training. All nine Medical Arts Radiology locations are accredited by the American College of Radiology and have earned designation as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence.

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