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For many Americans, the most important day in February is Valentine’s Day. However, the next 28 days are American Heart Month, a time to remember that the heart is a critical part of living a happy, healthy life, not just a design on a greeting card.
Heart health is particularly important to us at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter. One of our founding partners, Stewart Colling, passed away from a sudden heart attack in 2009 at the age of 49. We miss him every day.
Stewart lived a healthy, active lifestyle, which demonstrates the importance of getting regular heart health screenings in addition to making positive choices for your body. A doctor or cardiologist can detect early signs of heart disease and other serious conditions with a variety of tests, including:
- Review of your medical and family history for potential risk factors
- Physical exam
- Blood pressure readings
- Analysis of cholesterol content in the blood (fasting lipoprotein profile)
- Blood sugar testing
- X-ray of the chest cavity
- Monitoring your heart activity with an electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Sound wave imaging of the heart (echocardiogram)
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States – it is responsible for one out of every four deaths. In many cases, it’s possible to reduce your risk of heart disease and other heart problems by speaking to your doctor as well as living a healthy lifestyle.
For this American Heart Month and throughout the year, our firm wishes you and your loved ones the best of health and happiness.