A new national poll Orlando Health Center shows that women do not know about the age at which you need to start doing cardio screenings. The American Heart Association recommends that women undergo regular screenings from 20 years, but the study found that 60 percent said that a survey done only after 30.
"This is a call to the fact that citizens need more information about heart health and intense screenings to prevent the development of diseases - said Dr. Carolina Demory, a cardiologist from the center at the Institute of Orlando heart health. - Women begins atherosclerosis and plaque in the arteries during adolescence and after 20. Therefore, it is important to an understanding of the risk factors and the beginning of the necessary changes in your life as soon as possible. "
From the age of 20 screening includes a body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and waist circumference, as these indicators are directly related to heart health and controlled in order to minimize risks. Women can talk to your doctor about the electrocardiogram (ECG) or other tests to detect heart disease .
In a survey involving thousands of women across the country. Only 8 percent of them know that screenings should be done with the 20-year-olds.
Compliance with the recommendations of the American Heart Association - is a good start, but we need to spread this information among children and young girls. "The younger generation should know what is cardiovascular disease, and how to prevent them - said Demory. - Women can not wait for the achievement of 40 years of age, to pay attention to risk factors. "
This is important, because the symptoms of heart disease in women and men are shown differently. In addition to the fairer sex chest pain may experience other symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath and indigestion. Knowing the signs and being aware of the risk factors, you can understand when to seek medical attention.
In addition to the screening of the heart, women need a healthy diet and regular exercise. According to Demory, not necessarily to do intense exercise. Enough to walk at least 30 minutes a day 5 times a week. This should become a habit, because the exercises are beneficial.