BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Whether you’re in your 20’s or late 70’s, the time is now to get tested for heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in Alabama. June Cooper can still remember that day, 14-years-ago when she experienced her first symptom of heart disease. “I was feeling like my heart was racing, ya know , just pounding away.” Dr. Jose Osorio, a cardiologist at St. Vincent’s says women are often under diagnosed and under treated when it comes to cardiovascular disease. That’s because their symptoms of heart disease differ greatly from men. Like men, women may experience chest discomfort. However, unlike men, it’s not the most prominent symptom. Women will often have neck, upper back or abdominal pain. They may also experience shortness of breath , nausea or vomiting, sweating, dizziness or fatigue. “Heart disease is what we call a silent killer,” said Dr. Osorio “that’s why people need to be tested.”
On February 15th, St. Vincent’s Health System– in recognition of American Heart Month– will offer four heart tests from 6 to 11 am at five area locations and at four primary and family care practices. The tests will cost only $40. To register or to learn more about heart disease, call 205-939-7878 or go to www.stvheartday.com for more information.
February is American Heart Month, and Friday February 7th is “Go Red for Women” Day.
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