ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The only female cardiologist at Phoebe, Dr. Beatriz Cepeda, wants to make sure you’re thinking about your health — especially during heart awareness month.
“I think it’s very important that we understand that we’re not too young to think about heart disease or too old,” Cepeda said.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the number one killer in men and women.
The CDC also posted about one in every four deaths is because of heart disease.
Besides heredity and age, this is a preventable disease.
Things that contribute to this disease include smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
The symptoms are different in men and women but most people suffer from chest pain, upper body pain, shortness of breath and nausea.
“You need to change your lifestyle and it’s not just doing a diet you need to change the way you eat, and you need to teach that to your kids," Cepeda said.
The CDC also said more deaths from heart attacks happen in the southeast.
Cepeda recommends a healthy lifestyle change including moderate amount of exercise three times a week, and a healthy diet that includes grains, veggies, fruits, and lean meats.
Early detection is key and if you feel like you may have some of these symptoms, you should seek your doctor immediately.