Did you know you could be at risk for sudden cardiac arrest even if you are active or work out regularly? Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating, sometimes due to an underlying and undetected cardiovascular condition. Heart screenings can help detect potential problems in otherwise healthy and active adults between 18 and 40 years of age. Get peace of mind with a heart screening performed by Dr. Ronald VanderLaan at Grand Rapids Cardiology.
At our cardiology office in Grand Rapids, a heart screening can usually be completed in 30 minutes or less. A typical heart screening consists of a review of your medical history, an electrocardiogram (ECG), and a physical exam. During the physical exam portion of the screening, your blood pressure, height, and weight will all be recorded. The doctor will also listen to your heart.
The ECG provides additional information about your heart and can reveal potential concerns, such as an irregular rhythm or poor blood flow to the heart. Based on information gathered during the ECG, physical exam, and review of your medical history, an echocardiogram might also be performed. An echocardiogram utilizes ultrasound technology to further examine the heart.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Heart screenings can give you peace of mind by providing reassurance that your heart is healthy. They can also reveal a previously undetected heart condition so that steps can be taken to manage the condition and prevent sudden cardiac arrest or other problems. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating both unexpectedly and suddenly. It is not a heart attack, which is the result of blood flow to the heart being blocked by clogged arteries. Sudden cardiac arrest can occur in health and active youth and adults.
Sudden cardiac arrest is often prompted by an underlying heart condition that might have gone undiagnosed. For example, conditions such as an enlarged heart or a heart that beats too rapidly could both potentially lead to sudden cardiac arrest. A heart screening can reveal such conditions so that a plan can be developed to maintain heart health and prevent sudden cardiac arrest. It is important to see a doctor for a heart screening if you develop any of the warning signs associated with a heart condition, which include:
- Chest pains
- Extreme fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Fainting during exercise
- Unusually rapid heart rate
A heart screening could give you peace of mind, as well as save your life. To schedule a heart screening with Dr. VanderLaan, call Grand Rapids Cardiology at (616) 717-5141.