Coronary Artery Disease Risk Factors & Shortness of Breath Causes

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Dr. Andrew Ordon Heart Tests

Even doctors need medical attention sometimes. That’s what inspired Dr. Andrew Ordon to visit his own cardiologist for some routine tests. He explained to his physician that he has noticed some shortness of breath.

Dr. Ordon’s family history included high blood pressure and pacemakers, as well as stroke. Since Heart Disease is the #1 killer in America, his doctor wanted to do some tests for blocked arteries, valve problems, or high blood pressure.

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The Doctors: Heart Stress Test

Dr. Andrew Ordon learned the results of his own Heart Stress Test, and learned about risk factors for shortness of breath.

The Drs TV: Heart Risk Factors

He sat down with his doctor, cardiologist Dr. John Kennedy, in the studio to get his results. But first, Dr. Travis Stork asked Dr. Kennedy who should be getting regular heart checkups.

Dr. Kennedy explained that there are five risk factors people need to watch for, that should send you to the phone to call your doctor. They include: High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Diabetes, Smoking, and Family History of premature Coronary Artery Disease.

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Premature Coronary Artery Disease

What is premature Coronary Artery Disease? There are two questions to ask yourself about this. Did your father have a heart attack before age 50? Or did you mom have a heart attack before age 60? If so, you may be at risk.

If you have any of these risk factors, you should see your Internist, who may refer you to a Cardiologist.

Dr. Ordon’s Heart Test Results

Dr. Kennedy said your doctor will choose a test that’s right for you. If you notice changes in your stamina or energy when exercising, that type of information can help doctors perform the best tests for you.

He explained that the heart has three main arteries, and a Stress Test will observe how the blood fills the heart when it’s put under stress. That information can help doctors see how your heart is working.

What Stress Tests Can Reveal

Dr. Kennedy used imagines to demonstrate how your arteries work when you are at rest compared to when your heart is under stress. Dr. Travis explained that this is why people sometimes complain about shortness of breath when they are exerting themselves.

As for Dr. Ordon, he was able to exercise above his mysterious age level. His blood pressure and heart rate were relatively normal, and his heart imaging found that he didn’t have issues with blood supply to his heart. Dr. Kennedy also reported that Dr. Ordon’s heart contraction was normal.

That’s good news for Dr. Ordon, who also reported that his symptoms have subsided since the tests.

The Doctors: Shortness of Breath Causes

There are many potential causes and factors affecting shortness of breath, beyond just the heart.

“It could be fluid on your lungs, pneumonia. It could be a blood clot,” Dr. Travis said. He said that tests can rule out potential causes and pinpoint what’s responsible for your symptoms.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your medical health and well-being, so if something doesn’t seem right, you may want to call your doctor.

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