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MAY

But I Feel Fine!

Filed Under: Uncategorized at 2:23 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
Don’t Worry

When you aren’t watching, your children do things you don’t know about. My sister used to sneak cupfuls of brown sugar, lock me in the bathroom and tie me to the basketball pole. None of it left lasting damage (although to this day I am irrationally terrified of being locked in stores, rooms etc. and I have a slight aversion to basketball), but it happened. A similar series of events could be occurring in your body. No, the “bad” bacteria aren’t currently tying up the “good” bacteria, but they may be cropping up. Conditions such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes could be developing. However you wouldn’t know, because you aren’t paying attention, because you feel fine.

Duke Crews felt fine, too. In fact, he appeared to be the image of health. He was, and is, a star on his college basketball team. Young and fit, it appeared there would be no obstacles to his success . . . until his health screening. An echocardiogram revealed that he had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition that could leave him dead with no warning at all. It kills 125 American athletes under the age of 35 every year. It is rarely diagnosed, because the test costs money and, like Duke Crews, most of the victims feel fine. This test enabled Crews to continue playing and take precautions to ensure that sudden cardiac death didn’t suddenly occur.

You may not have something as serious as hypertorphic cardiomyopathy, but you could have something. There could be something happening in your body that you don’t know about that a routine physical or a series of tests could catch and stop in its tracks. You feel fine, but you still need to go to the doctor. You still have to be checked up annually. You have to have the recommended tests performed, regardless of age, history or lifestyle. Everything is going right now. But everything is always going right until it goes wrong.

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