Turo Park Dental & Medical Center Wants Your Heart to be Healthy

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Meet with Turo Park Medical’s multilingual cardiologist to start your heart-attack prevention plan today.

In this month of St. Valentine and hearts beating full of love, don’t ignore your heart’s health. Cardiovascular disease (disease of the heart) can take many forms: high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, stroke, or arrhythmias.   These health indicators are most closely-related to a healthy cardiovascular system and a low risk of heart attack:

  • Blood Pressure

  • Cholesterol Levels (Total, HDL and LDL cholesterol)

  • Body Weight

  • Blood Glucose (related to diabetes risk)

  • Physical Activity Level, Diet and Smoking Status

How is healthy is my heart?

Remember, you are never too young to have a heart attack or to start a heart-healthy, living plan.  Cardiologists agree that heart attack prevention should begin early in life, starting with an assessment of your risk factors.  Often this involves some screening blood tests which Turo Park Medical Center offers, such as SynLab’s Cardioscore profile (265 Euro), Cardiogen profile which also screens for genetic (inherited) cardiac risk factors (355 Euro), or a simple Cardiovascular profile (45 Euro).  We recommend you discuss with your GP or cardiologist whether such testing will provide necessary information about your heart’s health.

Should I see a cardiologist?

Of course, there are other things to consider when assessing your cardiac health, such as your own medical history, your genetics, your gender, your alcohol consumption, and your age.  That’s why it may be useful to meet with Turo Park Medical Center’s cardiologist, Dr. Jordi Julia, who speaks English, Spanish, French and Catalan. An associate member of the American College of Cardiology and of the Catalan, Spanish and European Cardiology Societies, Dr. Julia is internationally respected as an expert in the detection and treatment of heart disease.

How do I know if I am having a heart attack?

Before you attribute that pain in your chest or feeling short of breath to a broken heart or falling in love, make sure you familiarize yourself with the most common signs and symptoms of a heart attack.  They are:

  • Chest pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, or feeling dizzy

Remember while women’s most common heart attack symptom is also chest pain, they more frequently also report feeling nausea, fatigue, stomach pain or upset, and shortness of breath than men.  Unfortunately, many women tend to ignore these subtle signs of a heart attack.

The most important thing you can do if you think you or a loved one may be having a heart attack is to not ignore what the body is telling you.  Every second counts when someone is having a heart attack, and the faster you call for emergency medical services, the greater their chances of survival.

Amy A. Harris, MS, RN, CNM, Health Writer
Amy Harris is a freelance health and medical writer based in Barcelona. She is a certified nurse midwife who has worked both in public health and clinical practice.
Amy Harris is a freelance health and medical writer based in Barcelona. She is a certified nurse midwife who has worked both in public health and clinical practice

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