IT'S Heart Month, and through the Heart Foundation of Jamaica and The Ministry of Health, you are being encouraged to take extra care in reading your food labels and having healthy diets.
This is because cardiovascular or heart disease is the leading cause of non-communicable deaths worldwide.
In addition, it is important, in order to maintain a healthy heart, that you remember to do your ECG (echocardiogram) examinations.
Though a doctor's referral is needed, if you think you are at risk for heart disease due to symptoms such as pain in the area and shortness of breath, among other things, it is important to let your physician know.
The ECG machine uses sound waves to create pictures of your heart's chamber, valves, walls and the blood vessels attached to your heart, which your doctor will use to monitor how your heart and its valves are functioning. The ECG exam is the key to determining the health of your heart.
As such, if you have been referred for an ECG, remember the importance of getting it done.
IF you feel you are at risk of heart disease or have it, speak to your physician and work out a plan to care for your heart.