The Importance Of Heart Disease Screening

Heart disease is a prevalent part of American society. Not only is it proving to be one of the most expensive health crises in the nation’s history, but it's also the leading cause of death for men and women. While it seems impossible to avoid the burden of the heart disease phenomenon, getting a heart disease risk assessment can bring awareness to this growing epidemic and help prevent the death and disability caused by it.

The American Heart Association provides access to a heart attack risk assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to measure the risk of a person dying within the next 10 years from heart disease. By answering a simple questionnaire, a person can learn if they need to incorporate changes in lifestyle to lead a more heart healthy life. After answering the questions, a graph will appear detailing the risk assessment as low, moderate, or high risk.

While a heart disease risk assessment proves valuable in predicting future cardiovascular health, heart disease screening can be utilized to find signs of risk factors in the early stages. Early detection of health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, can help lower the risk of developing heart disease in the future. It's advised that most health screenings begin at around age 20. Blood pressure should ideally be kept below 120/80 and should be checked at least every two years. If it's higher than average, then a more regular screening may be appropriate. Every 5 years, a fasting lipoprotein screen should be done to check cholesterol and triglyceride levels. If these levels are high, monitoring by a physician may be necessary. Blood glucose should be checked beginning at age 45 and should occur every 3 years. All of these risk factors can be improved through medication and lifestyle changes. 


Other factors may increase the chance of developing heart disease. Obesity has become prevalent in society today and can lead to high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Smoking also dramatically increases risk, making it 2-4 times more likely that cardiovascular health will be compromised. Lack of physical activity and poor diet choices can also be contributing factors. By choosing a healthier lifestyle, a person can help control their risk factors and therefore reduce the chance of developing heart disease in the future.

Heart disease screening and risk assessments are valuable tools in preventing and detecting heart disease and the risk factors associated with it. Heart disease kills as many as 600,000 people in the U.S. annually. While not all heart disease can be prevented, by arming each person with the knowledge and tools provided by screenings, more people will enjoy a longer, healthier life.

There are various resources online in which people can draw information or support from in order to gain more insight to what is happening to them and there are websites such as www.dailystrength.org and www.womenheart.org which provide support for people.  The latter aimed at women as females are more at risk than their male counterparts.

Michael Smith is a keen health blogger who has contributed to various blogs about health and wellbeing issues.

Comments

  1. Roney says:

    Great post. Heart disease is the most common especially in the U.S. And i fear its some what genetic also. My grand-dad and even my dad has some kind of heart disease. This post motivates me to test my heart periodically. Thankx

    • Gjivan Shrestha says:

      Thankx for the reply Roney. Not only the guys who have heriditary risk factor, but everyone must examine the status of heart annually!!

  2. Daniel says:

    Really Enjoyed the post. Very informative and to the point. Heart attack and many heart related problems are one of the major causes for untimely death.