Heart Disease: It Doesn’t Happen Overnight
Call it “would’ve, could’ve, should’ve” syndrome.
It’s a condition commonly experienced by people who have preventable heart problems. And according to Michele Bailey, DO, an internal medicine physician at Rush University Medical Center, this attitude is common among people who have heart attacks, many of whom are even surprised to learn they have heart disease.
They didn’t see it coming, some say. And often, they’ll regret that they didn’t do more to protect themselves.
Although it might seem to sneak up on some people, heart disease takes time to develop, and it can be influenced by both lifestyle and existing health problems.
“A lot of people think it’s just genetics and there’s nothing they can do, ” Bailey says. “But you can definitely help yourself. ”
Start by considering the following risk factors:
Don’t let heart disease sneak up on you. Call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to receive a referral for a physician.
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At Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, researchers and nurse specialists work in teams to address the full scope of heart problems, whether common or complex.
Working in state-of-the art facilities, using some of the world’s most sophisticated technology, these experts are on the leading edge of diagnosis, treatment and discovery. From preventive measures to heart transplantation, they are helping to revolutionize heart care.
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