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With every beat of my heart...
 With every beat of my heart

I was "The Patient" exhibit at a cardiology symposium this weekend, sponsored by SoutheastHealth. Believe me, I know what a gift my heartbeat is. Listening to the various speakers, I learned that I should always have been considered at HIGH risk for heart disease. Are you? You are, if genetics and one other risk factor affect you. I honestly did not know that I was HIGH risk. Check with your doctor today.
The most common risk factors are family history, diabetes (type 1 or 2, and this is a huge risk factor), high blood pressure, being overweight (don't kid yourself on this one), bad lipid profile (I was not in this group at all, as my blood profile has always been good to excellent), irregular heart rhythm, age, smoking (right up there with diabetes), sedentary lifestyle. If you have two or more of the risk factors, think "heart" when you have undiagnosed problems. My condition took six or seven years to diagnose, and it is no exaggeration to say that I nearly died. Even the attendees at the symposium agreed on that point.
It was NOT the numerous heart tests over the last several years ... more

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