Early signs and preventative measures: Westchester doctor shares how to take care of your heart
With Yankees manager Aaron Boone's new pacemaker making headlines, a Westchester cardiologist is sharing the early warning signs and preventative measures of heart disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. About 665,000 Americans die from heart disease each year -- one person every 36 seconds.
Dr. Martin Cohen at Westchester Medical Center says it's easy for people to let their heart health slip through the cracks, because one of the most common reasons young people get involved with cardiac care is because they play sports.
Athletes are typically required to get a physical every year. However, not everyone is an athlete.
Dr. Cohen says it's important to have a routine exam especially if there is a family history of heart disease. Doctors will look out for heart murmurs, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
If an exam yields a clean bill of health, Cohen says another exam isn't needed for a number of years.
He says breathing problems, chest pain and passing-out spells are warning signs you may have a heart problem.
"It's not uncommon for people to not realize that they have a heart problem in the sense that they may have some symptoms which they don't realize are limiting them," he said.
Additionally, Dr. Cohen advises exercise, healthy eating, low cholesterol and to watch your weight.