Kristin Klingshirn, 34, a co-host on The Bert Show, recognized Women’s Heart Awareness Month by participating in a women’s heart screening at Piedmont Heart Institute. While Klingshirn is young and looks healthy and fit, she was surprised to learn she had three (and possibly four) significant risk factors for heart disease. This video follows her heart screening appointment and follow-up.
Several heart disease risk factors run in Klingshirn’s family.
“My mother, maternal grandmother and brother all have high cholesterol,” she says. “My father has diabetes and my maternal grandfather passed away from a heart attack.”
Piedmont Heart performed the following tests for immediate results:
• Neck and waist circumference measurements
• Cholesterol check (finger prick blood test)
• Ankle-brachial index (ABI) to check for artery blockages in the legs
Then, a lab technician drew blood for additional tests.
The next week, Klingshirn met with Jyoti Sharma, M.D., a cardiologist at Piedmont Heart, to review the following test results:
How her results stack up against heart disease risk factors:
Dr. Sharma’s message to Klingshirn:
“You’re really young, you’re gorgeous, you look healthy, and a lot of people would think you fall right into that ideal of cardiovascular health,” says Dr. Sharma. “Instead, what we’ve found is that you’ve got three – maybe four – risk factors for cardiovascular disease. That is a lot of risk factors.”
Klingshirn isn’t alone.
“When we say 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease, this is what we’re talking about,” she says.
While she knew she didn’t get much exercise and ate a poor diet, Klingshirn was surprised by the results.
“It was a little shocking to hear about how many risk factors I had – I did not see that coming,” says Klingshirn.
What are your heart disease risk factors? It’s easy to find out. Click here to schedule a screening.