It comes on suddenly—chest pain so sharp that you think you might be having a heart attack. But, then again, you just had a big meal. Are you merely suffering from a bout of heartburn? Or are you having a life-threatening heart attack?
Imagine you’re getting on the exit ramp, only to see that the highway is at a standstill and you are unable to get to work.
Now imagine you haven’t even left your house yet. You get in the car, try to start your engine and nothing happens. Your car won’t turn on and again, you are unable to get to work. You get out your jumper cables and call a friend.
Taking control of your health can empower you to advocate for yourself when something goes wrong. While doctors can measure the key indicators during a physical exam, this is a one-time measure. Your continual monitoring can alert your physician of irregularities or other symptoms that could be cause for concern.