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We explore why checking the health of your heart regularly is so important.
Cardiac screening is a check-up that assesses the health of your heart. By testing for a range of medical conditions that could impact your heart’s health, screening gives doctors a good idea of how at-risk you are for heart disease (also known as cardiovascular disease), and what you can do to improve your overall health.
The number of people living with heart disease is on the rise, and it now affects more young people than ever before. In fact, many of us are living with at least one risk factor for heart disease. But as most people have no idea what these risk factors are, and with many having no symptoms, we run the risk of leaving it too late.
But the good news is that heart disease is largely preventable. By being aware of your risk factors and knowing how to manage them, you can reduce your risk.
With so many people in the UAE living with at least one risk factor for heart disease, the team at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Heart & Vascular Institute recommend adults should undergo comprehensive cardiac screening to better understand and identify potential risk factors.
Heart screening is one of the best ways to protect yourself. By understanding things like your cholesterol level, blood pressure and body mass index, doctors can advise you on lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk or advise medical treatment if necessary. Screening can also detect abnormalities early, meaning they can be treated sooner.
Ahead of your screening appointment, your doctor will let you know if there are special instructions you need to follow, such as fasting before your appointment. If you are feeling anxious, ask if you can bring someone with you and remember to make a note of any questions that you have so your doctor can address them and help put you at ease.
Remember, heart disease is largely preventable. Cardiac screening can identify risk factors, and help us understand how to manage them, to improve the health of our heart.
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