Heart Disease Screening

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The hour-long screening begins with an electro-cardiogram that detects irregular heartbeats. The patient lies comfortably with the electrodes attached. Once that's complete, the nurse checks for hypertension by taking blood pressure on both arms.

Then, she examines blood flow at the ankles, looking for blockages in the legs. Doctors who created the screening made it as thorough as possible.

"Trying to do a screening is sometimes difficult. When you go, say, to a health fair, it's not really comprehensive. You may still have questions to ask, you don't really have anyone to go to," says Dr. Lorelei Repique.

They answer all questions, including symptoms of heart attacks in women. Both genders display classic signs like chest pressure, tightness, the sweats, and nausea. But women can show additional symptoms like sleep disturbance, shortness of breath, indigestion, and anxiety.

Part three involves drawing blood to determine cardiovascular and diabetes risks. Lastly, the nurse measures the waist, height, and weight to calculate body mass index. Patient Nayra Gonzalez says it was simple.

"Because I don't know how my heart is functioning, it's obviously something that you always have that worry in the back of your head. But, knowing that I got through it and now, I'm going to wait for the final end results, I just hope I have a normal healthy heart," says Nayra Gonzalez.

The staff reviews the results with the patients. Most insurance won't pay for this comprehensive a screening, so it costs 65-dollars.

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