When the American Heart Association gathered experts in heart health last year for its annual “Scientific Sessions”, these experts discussed the latest research and findings. And as CNN.com reports, they also discussed four things they wished patients knew about the heart. In our previous blog post, we mentioned the first two. Today, we will mention the third and fourth items experts would like you to know about your heart.
You may be able to see indicators for heart disease
While your heart is not visible to you, a combination of certain signs of aging are and these can send the message that you have a higher risk of heart disease. These signs are, "receding hairline, balding at the crown of the head, earlobe crease or yellow fatty deposits (called xanthelasmata) around the eyelid." It is the presence of three or all four of these signs that can be an early warning that you may have heart disease. We may be loathe to admit seeing all of these things in the mirror but facing up to it can be a life saver if you work to reduce your risk of heart disease. Staying at your target weight through diet and exercise and not smoking can lessen your chances of developing heart disease.
The costs of heart attacks
The heart experts discussed how heart attacks have a financial impact at home and at work. A study found that as an employee, you might spend 60 days out of work if you have a heart attack. Not only are you not working, but depending on your insurance, you are incurring costs for treatment, hospitalization, and prescriptions.