Heart Health: Ignoring the symptoms of Heart Disease - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Recent stories

Heart Health: Ignoring the symptoms of Heart Disease

Posted: Updated:
When it comes to heart problems, men and women often ignore symptoms. Donnie Edwards Senior knew something was wrong. But he ignored it, for 5 or 6 months.

“I was having a lot of shortness of breath, just walking down to the mailbox and back to the house and my chest felt like it was fixing to explode it was getting so tight,” said Edwards.

To Dr. Kerry Paape, a Cardiothoracic surgeon with St. Francis, Edwards’ response to his symptoms is typical.

“Typically men ignore their symptoms by downgrading their activities so they don’t have symptoms,” said Dr. Paape.

In Edwards’ case, he came close to a massive heart attack had he kept on ignoring the signs. Doctors discovered his aortic valve was deteriorating.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. The American Heart Association lists seven things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease. It’s called Life’s Simple 7: Get active, control your cholesterol, eat better, manage your blood pressure, lose weight, reduce blood sugar and stop smoking.

Teresa Whitaker

In addition to co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts weeknights, Teresa serves as the Healthwatch reporter for WRBL. More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • FIRST ON 3: Police looking for man after Columbus mom, baby found dead after house fire

    FIRST ON 3: Police looking for man after Columbus mom, baby found dead after house fire

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:12:09 GMT
    Police are searching for suspect Brandon Connor. Before the fire, Rosella Mitchell is believed to have suffered from life threatening stabbing wounds.Police are searching for suspect Brandon Connor. Before the fire, Rosella Mitchell is believed to have suffered from life threatening stabbing wounds.
    Police are searching for Brandon Conner, 35, who is wanted for murder.
    Police are searching for Brandon Conner, 35, who is wanted for murder.
  • Meriwether County man murdered during apparent robbery

    Meriwether County man murdered during apparent robbery

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:41:56 GMT
    Two individuals believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder were caught on surveillance camera in Newnan.Two individuals believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder were caught on surveillance camera in Newnan.
    Local and state investigators release surveillance images of suspects believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder investigation.
    Local and state investigators release surveillance images of suspects believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder investigation.
  • UPDATE: LaGrange police identify suspect in Dawn Drive murder

    UPDATE: LaGrange police identify suspect in Dawn Drive murder

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:51:43 GMT
    LaGrange police are investigating the murder of Dejerius Hardnett, who succumbed to injuries sustained from a Sunday assault, police announced Monday.
    LaGrange police are investigating the murder of Dejerius Hardnett, who succumbed to injuries sustained from a Sunday assault, police announced Monday.
  • Health WatchMore>>

  • Health Watch: Walmart to open health care clinic Friday in Columbus

    Health Watch: Walmart to open health care clinic Friday in Columbus

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:24:17 GMT
    Walmart's slogan “Always low Prices” may be echoed by patients soon. The retail giant is getting into the health care business. The Walmart Care Clinic is set to open Friday inside the Walmart Supercenter on Whittlesey. Patients pay 40 dollars for a visit, Walmart employees pay 4 dollars to see a licensed nurse practitioner.Some of the services offered include diagnosis and treatment of chronic and acute illnesses, pr...
    Walmart's slogan “Always low Prices” may be echoed by patients soon. The retail giant is getting into the health care business. The Walmart Care Clinic is set to open Friday inside the Walmart Supercenter on Whittlesey. Patients pay 40 dollars for a visit, Walmart employees pay 4 dollars to see a licensed nurse practitioner.Some of the services offered include diagnosis and treatment of chronic and acute illnesses, pr...
  • VIDEO: News 3, Kissin', take Ice bucket challenge for Greenville coach

    VIDEO: News 3, Kissin', take Ice bucket challenge for Greenville coach

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:12:34 GMT
    Our Ice Bucket Challenge raised $601.00 for the Jeremy Williams Benefitting the Emory ALS CenterOur Ice Bucket Challenge raised $601.00 for the Jeremy Williams Benefitting the Emory ALS Center
    Our ice bucket challenge was quite a success tonight on News 3, alongside with our media partners at PMB Broadcasting. Kissin' 99.3's Bear O'brian, Dave Arwood, Mike Kelly, Damon Free, Lori Lee challenged, and even Sheriff Mike Jolley from Harris County did his part. Many folks came out to participate helping to raise awareness for ALS. All donations will support ALS/”Run for Jeremy” helping research to Emory Hospital in Atlanta. Our community support raised $601.00 in a half hour, during our...
    Our ice bucket challenge was quite a success tonight on News 3, alongside with our media partners at PMB Broadcasting. Kissin' 99.3's Bear O'brian, Dave Arwood, Mike Kelly, Damon Free, Lori Lee challenged, and even Sheriff Mike Jolley from Harris County did his part. Many folks came out to participate helping to raise awareness for ALS. All donations will support ALS/”Run for Jeremy” helping research to Emory Hospital in Atlanta. Our community support raised $601.00 in a half hour, during our...
  • Ice bucket challenge raises awareness for terminal disease

    Ice bucket challenge raises awareness for terminal disease

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:34:55 GMT
    It's hard to ignore the ice bucket challenge videos as they have completely taken over social media. But what is ALS and are these challenges helping? News Three's Naomi Keitt looked into these questions and spoke to a Columbus man whose brother passed away from the disease.
    It's hard to ignore the ice bucket challenge videos as they have completely taken over social media. But what is ALS and are these challenges helping? News Three's Naomi Keitt looked into these questions and spoke to a Columbus man whose brother passed away from the disease.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.