Heart conditions are often associated with aging. As a result, many young people don’t take their heart health seriously enough.
At Chinatown Cardiology in New York City, our team offers a range of preventive screenings for adults of all ages to identify heart-related health risks as early as possible.
Our heart specialists can also design a treatment plan to help you manage existing health issues to lower your risk of cardiovascular complications later.
Heart issues in young people
There are several heart-related concerns that younger people face, including heart attacks and heart disease.
Heart attacks generally are on the decline because of the availability of preventive treatments, but people are experiencing these cardiac events at earlier ages.
Men and women under the age of 40 are experiencing more heart attacks, and those who do are more likely to experience a stroke or additional heart attacks. Unfortunately, younger adults may also be at risk of dying due to these cardiac events.
Heart disease is another concerning condition in younger adults, especially those with undiagnosed and unmanaged high blood pressure (hypertension) or high cholesterol.
Premature heart disease becomes more likely at a younger age if you spend your youth living an unhealthy lifestyle, being overweight or obese, or experiencing chronic stress. Smoking can also increase your risk for cardiac complications.
Sudden cardiac death
Sudden cardiac death affects older adults but is also the leading cause of death among young athletes. The condition is typically the result of dysfunction in the electrical signals of the heart that causes the lower heart chambers to beat fast without pumping blood.
Electrical dysfunction can increase your risk of sudden death. You might also be at increased risk of sudden cardiac death if you have an enlarged heart, experience a chest injury, or have congenital heart defects.
Preventive screenings for heart problems in younger adults
Preventive screenings can identify warning signs of heart disease and other cardiac issues in the earliest stage, sometimes even before you have symptoms.
At Chinatown Cardiology, we offer a range of preventive screenings for those at risk of premature heart disease and other heart-related conditions due to genetic history, obesity, or smoking.
After a careful review of your personal and family medical histories and a physical exam, our providers may recommend cardiac studies like:
We also offer Holter monitor services to evaluate heart-related symptoms as you go about your day. A Holter monitor is a portable device that records the heart’s electrical activity for up to 48 hours to identify irregular heartbeats and other issues that don’t show up on other tests.
If our cardiologists identify signs of heart disease or damage, they discuss your options for treatment. We offer medications, lifestyle recommendations, and nutritional counseling to support heart health.
We also perform minimally invasive cardiac procedures like cardiac catheterization to improve blood flow through the heart and lower your heart attack and stroke risk.
Call Chinatown Cardiology today at one of our locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn to learn more about the benefits of preventive heart screenings at a younger age. You can also book your consultation online.