How Is Your Heart?

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February has arrived and is American Heart Month. How is your heart? Heart disease is still the No.1 killer for adults. I know that my heart is not in great condition. I have a small amount of plaque in my arteries, but the heart disease of Left Bundle Branch Block scares me most.

Stress Test

I don’t know when LBBB started, but I did begin having heart palpitations around 2000. My EKG’s were very short, taken in the doctor’s office. Later, I had many more heart tests. I wore a monitor for two weeks and had different types of imaging, such as a sonogram. The doctor’s came to the conclusion that my heart itself was alright. They said that I just had random heart racing.

It was after 2015 when a rheumatologist referred me to cardiology. This time the doctor’s put me through another series of tests. I had a scan and they put medication into my vein that would check for artery health. This result was satisfactory. When they made me take a Cardiac Stress Test an answer was found. They discovered LBBB when I was under this type of stress.

LBBB only affects 0.06% to 0.1% of the U.S. population. Around 33% of people with heart failure have LBBB. Right bundle branch block is much more common.

How Is Your Heart? Know About Risks for Heart Disease

Risks for heart disease include: High blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, diabetes II, and obesity.

Activities that can worsen your chances of heart disease include: eating an unhealthy diet (like trans fats), smoking, failure to exercise, and drinking too much alcohol.

Learn more about heart health. This awareness campaign also teaches us more about Stroke health and health risks.

YouTube has many channels that can also teach you the basics: how and where to check your blood pressure, and how to change your diet to help in heart disease prevention. If you Google “Heart Disease and Prevention” you will be able to find endless sites that will provide the information you need. Let’s try to stay out of the statistic….Heart Disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the US.

Disclaimer: This post contains my opinions and experiences and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern please consult your personal physician.

3 thoughts on “How Is Your Heart?”

    1. Yeah, that is a good question. I know that RBBB is more common and less serious, where LBBB usually means that there is an underlying heart disease and I’ll have a greater chance of having heart failure.

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