The heart is one of the most important organs as it works constantly to transport fuel throughout our body. It is important to keep our hearts healthy from a young age. In fact, much younger than what people might think.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United states. This year, nearly 650,000 people will die from heart disease, which equates to roughly 1 in every 4 deaths.
Heart health is obviously very important. So, what can we do to make sure our hearts are healthy? Although there are benefits to living a healthy lifestyle, many heart diseases are hereditary which means they will affect us no matter how healthy of a lifestyle we are able to maintain. For this reason, it is important to get a heart screening done at least every two years starting as early as 14 years old.
In 2013, heart disease was the fifth leading cause of death among youths ages 15-24 years in the United States. This statistic alone shows the importance of setting heart health as a priority from a young age.
When a heart screening takes place, health professionals are able to use a combination of a survey and medical tools to determine risk of disease, before symptoms may be noticeable.
It is important to get your heart screened every two years starting at a young age because many changes occur when our bodies are developing quickly. Our partner, Nick of Time Foundation is one organization that offers youth heart screenings for free which can otherwise be quite expensive.
-Davis Hoover, Alexander’s Hope Intern