Heart Health

Do you take care of your family? It goes without saying. Do you take care of your home? Of course you do. Do you take care of your heart? You probably don’t.

Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. More than 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

Did you know that your heart performs more physical work than any other muscle in our body? Your heart takes care of you, so it’s important to make time to take care of your heart.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. Caring for your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical activity is the preventative power that can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 80 percent.

Don’t set unrealistic expectations - start making small changes that are manageable. Doing something to improve your heart health is better than doing nothing at all. To improve your heart health, consider making the following changes to your lifestyle:

  • Stop smoking – smoking increases your risk for heart disease, as well as cancer.
  • Avoid second-hand smoke – it increases the risk of heart disease.
  • Know your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, and discuss this with your physician.
  • Decrease the amount of processed food you eat. Processed foods are usually high in sodium and can make a difference in your blood pressure.
  • Increase your physical activity – start by walking, parking further away from the store and taking the stairs.

Make time for annual heart checkups as part of your routine physical examination with your primary care physician. Discuss your family history and any risk factors you have for heart disease. Ask about screening tests that may be appropriate for you, including weight and BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose.

You may also want to consider having a Coronary CT Angiography (CCTA) test. CCTA is a fast, reliable, non-invasive way to rule out the cause of chest pain. In just five heartbeats, a complete CCTA can be acquired and physicians can quickly rule out three life-threatening causes (pulmonary embolism, aortic dissection or coronary artery disease) of Emergency Room chest pain.

Radiology Services at Jupiter Medical Center offers CCTA for $328 – including the radiologist's interpretation (this screening test is not covered by insurance).

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (561) 263-4414.