In participation with the Verizon Wireless #VZWBuzz Influencer program- I’m sharing about how telemedicine and mobile tech are advancing healthcare. Sharing my experience and what I'm learning in no way offers medical advice nor does it endorse any medical procedure.
It was probably ten years ago I was putting groceries away in the pantry when I felt a weird movement in my chest, I became lightheaded and then all of a sudden my heart started pounding. By the time I was rushed to the hospital my arm was aching and I could barely breathe. A quick check of my vitals showed 200 beats per minute and all of a sudden it turned into television episode of ER. A surge of medical people working fast and furious, removing my garments, applying electrodes, hooking me up to monitors, stabbing me with i.v.s and the doctor yelling orders over all the chaos. I remember laying there thinking oh.my.god. I’m having a heart attack.
NO. I didn’t have a heart attack. What I was having was an episode of SVT. A condition I wasn’t even aware that I had. An extra nerve that I was born with that essentially short circuits and causes the heart to race. I’m lucky in the sense that although I have a “condition” I am free of heart disease and any structural damage. Are you?
February 5th is National Wear Red Day – this is a day to show support for the awareness of heart disease. It’s also a good time, especially for women to schedule a wellness visit and learn about cardiac health.
Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year? That’s approximately one woman every minute!
Did you know that up to 1.3 million Americans alive today have some form of congenital heart defect?
Did you know that In the United States alone, about 36,000 children are born with a heart defect each year?
Did you know that there is a low-cost, highly-effective, and painless bedside screening for newborns that can be completed in as little as 45 seconds at less than $4 per baby?
Did you know that state-of-the-art technology like nuclear stress testing can help determine blood flow to the heart and detect blockage?
Did you know that tech companies like Verizon Wireless work hard at supporting and evolving the telemedicine industry by combining applications for timely patient diagnosis. Stuff like remote heart monitoring?
Give yourself a gift for Valentines Day - get your heart checked out!