Women need earlier screening for heart disease

Women need to have a baseline screening for heart disease in the 20's. This is something a lot of women are not aware of. It's especially important before you get pregnant. An Orlando Health study showed that up to 60% of the women surveyed thought that their first heart screening needed to happen a full decade later in their 30's.

Mercy Health Cardiologist Dr. Ameer Kabour MD says there are some basic risk factors that necessitate getting an early EKG screening during your regular health exam. If you have a family history of heart disease, overweight, diabetes, smoking and lack of physical exercise. Even beyond that otherwise healthy women in their 20's should include a cholesterol screening along with an EKG. If your doctor detects any problems then they need to order more extensive testing such as an echo cardiogram or a stress test.