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According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Each year it causes 1 in every 4 female deaths. Celebrate national heart health month today by checking out this list of questions to ask a cardiologist and schedule an appointment today. This list of questions can prevent disaster before it strikes and help save lives.

What are some symptoms of heart disease?

According to the Center for Disease Control, about 5.8 percent of white women, 7.6 percent of black and 5.6 percent of Hispanic women have coronary heart disease. Many of them ignored a list of potential symptoms that include:

• Pain in your back, neck or jaw
• Tightness in the chest
• Shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness
• Sweating
• Fatigue

How can I prevent an early onset of symptoms?

According to the Center for Disease Control, 64 percent of women who suffer a heart attack or coronary artery disease exhibit no symptoms before catastrophe strikes. Prevent an early onset of symptoms by:

• Eating a diet rich in Omega-3's. This means foods like salmon, chia seeds and eggs
• Eating a plant based diet
• Exercising three times a week for 30 minutes to an hour
• Avoiding unnecessary stress for extended periods of time
• Develop a regular sleep schedule

What kind of tests are necessary for a diagnosis?

There are multiple tests a doctor can prescribe when working to improve heart health. The trick is knowing which ones you need and translating the results.

• Electrocardiogram: An ECG records signals and beats in your heart that lets the doctor identify irregularities.
• Holder Monitoring: A Holder monitor is something you wear for 24 to 72 hours. Just like an ECG, it identifies irregularities, but on a level that could not be detected by    an ECG.
• Cardiac computerized tomography: A CT scan is like an X-ray, but instead of taking pictures of your bone, it takes a pictures of your heart.

The heart is the strongest muscle in the body and knowing how to care for it can prevent long-term diseases and uncomfortable symptoms. By asking a variety of questions when visiting a cardiologist your life can be saved.


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