The sudden death of radio personality Kidd Kraddick has been a wake-up call to many.
Even though Kraddick was slim and fit, the coroner said he had an enlarged heart and four blocked arteries.
Dr. Jason Wischmeyer, a cardiologist at Texas Tech, says we can learn from this tragedy that it's important to be proactive about our health.
"We've gotten very good at sitting back and saying, well, I'm not at risk because I don't do this, or I don't do that, if you have a family history, if you have any of those standard, well recognized risk factors like smoking or diabetes, if you're concerned about your health in light of your family history, you should ask to be screened, we're not talking about terribly expensive or invasive tests for it, these are things that are widely available tests that people can obtain through their doctor to find out what their risk is," says Dr. Wischmeyer.
Dr. Wischmeyer also says good screening tools for the heart include ultrasound, getting a coronary artery calcium score, even a chest x-ray or a cat scan.
All of these options are methods that can help find plaque and identify a person's true risk of heart trouble.
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