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AUDIO: Dr. Underwood Explains How To Advocate For Your Heart Health In The Doctor’s Office

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EmpowHer Asks:
We are asked all of the time by women how they should best advocate for themselves inside of their doctor’s office as we would pertain heart diseases or when somebody is visiting their cardiologist. What type of advice would you give a patient on how to advocate for better health for himself or herself in the doctor’s office?

Dr. Paul Underwood:
Well, they need to be aware of what potential conditions they are being faced with. So if they are going in to be evaluated for shortness of breath or for chest pain then they typically would expect they would get an Electrocardiogram and then it should be normal. If they don’t get electrocardiogram or if it doesn’t come back as being normal then further investigations would be necessary as we stated before, then perhaps that would be an Ultrasound of the heart or perhaps a Stress Test to further evaluate it.

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