This American Heart Month, the Cardiovascular Institute of the South is raising awareness of heart disease. It’s the number one killer of all Americans.
Part of raising awareness is recognizing the causes. Dr. Babu Jasti said there are a number of things to look at.
“The first thing to look at is the blood supply to the heart. That’s the plumbing of the heart, and if people have blockages, there are signs of angina, which is heaviness of the chest,” Dr. Jasti said.
Valve problems can also cause shortness of breath. It’s common, especially in older Americans.
“The heart muscle itself, which pumps blood out, can get weak because of poorly controlled high blood pressure,” Jasti said.
Another thing doctors look at is the electrical system of the heart. If the heart beats too fast, too slow or at an irregular rate, it can lead to heart failure or stroke.
Regular checkups can help doctors catch these problems early. To schedule an appointment, visit the Cardiovascular Institute of the South’s website.