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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 8:38 am

Let’s be honest; many of us aren’t excited about going to the doctor. There is an underlying fear that there may actually be something wrong. However, it’s so much better if we know of a health issue early on, so it can be treated properly. That’s why we get mammograms and colonoscopies, but heart disease is more common in women than breast cancer making it incredibly important that we also screen for heart disease.   

Dr. Raja Naidu, a graduate of Permian High School, is a fellowship trained cardiologist in Odessa who has been practicing here since 2002. Dr. Naidu comes highly recommended with a stellar reputation winning several awards including the Patients’ Choice award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition in 2014. Dr. Naidu stresses the importance of making a heart screening one of your top health priorities.   

Some feel that they do not have a problem if they aren’t experiencing severe symptoms, but 30% of people who have a heart attack never make it to the hospital. You should be screening for heart disease if you have 2 or more of the following risk factors:

•  Age 50 or older  

•  Family history of heart disease  

•  Are or were a smoker  

•  Diabetic  

•  High blood pressure  

•  High cholesterol  

•  Elevated coronary calcium score

It is easy to get started on maintaining a healthy heart. Odessa Regional Medical Center will complete a heart view scan for only $75.00. Dr. Naidu reviews all heart scans and will give you a full expert report.   However, if you are experiencing the following symptoms, it is imperative you see a cardiologist like Dr. Naidu as soon as possible:

•  Chest pain  

•  Pain or discomfort that spreads to shoulders, neck, arms or jaw  

•  Chest pain combined with shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or fainting OR irregular pulse  

•  Heart palpitations  

•  Sudden drop in blood pressure

Don’t worry, there is GOOD news! Heart disease is treatable if you can commit to some small changes in your everyday lifestyle. If you are a smoker, it is in your best interest to stop. Smoking lowers oxygen flow to your heart while simultaneously increasing your blood pressure. Secondly, maintain a healthy weight. This definitely does not mean you have to be super skinny. It simply means to eat a healthy diet and develop a regular exercise routine. Your heart is the core of your livelihood, the most important muscle in your entire body. Love your heart and your heart will love you back by giving you a long, healthy life.      

For more information on your heart health and a heart view scan, contact ORMC at (432) 582-8000 or visit their website at www.odessaregional.com. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Raja Naidu, call (432) 617-8329. No referral needed.

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