February is National Heart Health Month, and in an effort to raise awareness, we stress how this issue affects everyone, even the young. Take Shaun White, for example. Shaun was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a defect that affects the flow of blood in the heart. To treat his condition, he underwent two open heart surgeries before he was a year old and goes for heart checkups regularly. He is one of many younger celebrities that is active in acknowledging and raising awareness for heart health.
Another high-profile celebrity with a heart condition is teenage singer and actress Miley Cyrus. Miley has a condition called tachycardia, which means her resting heart rate is higher than it should be. While this condition can be very dangerous, there are multiple types, and Miley’s particular form is not a threat to her health. However, it is something she’s constantly aware of. In her autobiography, she said of her condition,
“It won’t hurt me, but it does bother me. There is never a time onstage when I’m not thinking about my heart.”
According to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, developing healthy habits early in life will decrease a person’s chance of stroke by 80%, as compared with those who don’t make healthy lifestyle choices.
Whether you’re young or old, heart health should be taken seriously – this month, and every month of the year. So, visit Vitals to find a cardiologist who is right for you.
And be sure to prepare for your visit; find out what questions to ask, what tests may be necessary, and more by using our heart health Patient Guides on coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.