I’M HEALTHY, RIGHT?
YOUTH HEARTS SCREENING
Young athletes, and all active young people, have a greater chance of experiencing Sudden Cardiac Death because the diseases that cause the condition are expressed earlier in life and may take place due to overexertion. Sudden Cardiac Death, however, has been shown to occur in all young people, even those who lead a sedentary lifestyle.
There are no warning signs or symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Death in young people. The athlete finishes the race, makes the winning basket, throws for a touchdown, and then………collapses, and dies. These tragic deaths can also occur with a backyard basketball game, with a game of touch football, a ride around the bike trail or even for no reason at all. When a parent experiences the untimely death of a child, words can not explain the feeling of horror…… of loss. Screening America gives accurate and cost-effective health screenings, that could be life saving. Sudden Cardiac Death in young people can be prevented through our Sports Heart Screening Program.
As we age, most of us begin to accumulate plaque in the arteries of our body. Some of us accumulate this plaque more quickly than others, usually for a number of reasons. Our cholesterol levels may be high, we may be overweight, our blood pressure may be higher than we would like, maybe we smoke, maybe heart disease runs in our family, or we don’t exercise enough……..we all mean to change for the better, but it is hard to do.
Eventually, there may be enough plaque built up in our arteries that it may limit the amount of blood flowing through them. Restricted blood flow can cause symptoms in the legs in the form of tingling, or pain when we walk. If it gets too bad, we may have to face amputation. We may suffer a paralyzing, or deadly stroke when the blood flow to the brain is cut off by a clot in the artery that feeds it. An abdominal aortic aneurysm that is ready to burst and kill us, may not show symptoms at all.
The best way to avoid these potentially life-threatening events is to get a Stroke Screening every year or two. You should get a Stroke Screening if you are over 40, and have any of the following risk factors:
- Over 40 years of age
- Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol
- Irregular Heart Beat
- High Blood Pressure
- Smoking (past or current)
- Inactive Lifestyle
- Family History