As a Cardiac Surgery scheduler, I learn how inconvenient it can be to monitor your heart health once you have been diagnosed with Heart Disease. Whether you, or someone you know, has a diagnosis of CHF (Congested Heart Failure), AFIB (Atrial Fibrillation), CAD (Coronary Artery Disease), Hypertension (elevated Blood Pressure), Mitral or Aortic Valve Disease, etc… it is a strict regimen that patients need to follow to battle such diseases.
Common risks are poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, stress, athletes and smoking. These are all controlled risks. We can decide to not smoke to lessen our CAD or eat right and exercise to maintain healthy blood pressures and cardiac rhythms. It is the uncontrolled risks that we just have to accept. We have to know these risks and if they apply to us, we need to really watch our controlled risks that much more seriously. The uncontrolled risks are Age, Sex, even Race, Family History (the big risk) and preconditioned disease such as Diabetes and poor cholesterol among other risks.
Now imagine your child-too young to have really been screened properly and you have heart disease in your family history. He/She is on the field and seems more winded than usual-does he/she recognize that? Probably not-they think ‘I’ve been working hard and I am winded. Big deal.’ They surely don’t want to alarm anyone-they may have to sit out! The Shortness of breath you don’t know about combined with a family history of heart disease can potentially be a serious and even fatal combination for them one day in a stressed or overworked body! I don’t mean to scare you, just educate you.