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Heart Health: Phenix City man gets his pacemaker monitored from home

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February is American Heart Month, a time to renew the fight against the number one killer of American men and women.

Nearly 200,000 pacemakers a year are implanted in the United States. The devices have to be closely monitored. Trans-telephonic monitoring makes it possible for the patient to be monitored without leaving home. All Robinson has to do is phone in to Columbus Cardiology Associates, place a wand-like device over his chest, and his cardiac rhythm is automatically downloaded transported automatically to a computer screen at Columbus Cardiology Associates. If there’s a problem, the patient will be brought in. This monitoring can identify early signs of pacemaker failure.

Heart problems ended Johnnie Robinson’s military career early. 

“Shortness of breath, migraine headaches,and just pressure in my chest,” said Robinson.

Robinson was diagnosed with Congestive heart failure, a result of high blood pressure he didn’t know he had.

Managing your blood pressure is one way to lower your risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association offers Life’s Simple 7, or seven things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease:

Get active

Control Cholesterol

Eat better

Manage Blood Pressure

Lose weight

Reduce Blood Sugar

Stop Smoking

WRBL News 3 and The Greater Columbus American Heart Association invite you to visit  http://mylifecheck.heart.org/AboutUs.aspx?NavID=2&CultureCode=en-US  and take the “My Life Check” Assessment to get on your way to a healthier lifestyle.


Teresa Whitaker

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

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