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Young at heart

By: Spencer

Most people know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., but did you know you can have heart problems at any age? In fact, some people are born with inherited heart problems, or congenital heart defects.

With obesity on the rise, doctors are seeing a trend of heart disease developing earlier in adulthood. Problems like chest pain, clogged arteries and even heart attack, typically seen in patients over age 45, are being seen in some 30-year-olds.

In fact, you can start keeping an eye on your kids’ heart health from birth by following these tips.

·         Check the child’s blood pressure beginning at age 3

·         Screen for cholesterol levels between ages 9 to 11

·         Encourage healthy eating habits, including lots of fruits and veggies

·         Promote physical activity at home and at school

·         Get an annual physical

The same tips apply to young adults!

Despite proper diet and lots of exercise, some people still develop heart problems. For example, heart rhythm disorders – also called arrhythmias –can affect young adults who are otherwise very healthy.

Heart rhythm signs and symptoms:

·         Heart palpitations

·         Rapid heartbeat

·         A sensation that your heart skips a beat

·         Fainting

·         Dizziness

·         Lightheadedness

·         Shortness of breath

·         Discomfort in your chest

·         Fatigue or weakness

·         Cardiac arrest (heart stops beating)


If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

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Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.\