February is American Heart Month, so many doctors are emphasizing heart disease treatment and prevention. Finally, some people are starting to get the message.
Walking on a treadmill is no big deal for Carol Elam, but it is when she's wearing a hospital gown and she's attached to a heart monitor.
"I decided I can't control too many things in my life, but if I can control something, I'm going try to do as much as I can to control my health."
Carol is undergoing a routine test to screen for cardiovascular disease. Her doctor, Winston Gandy, says Carol is part of a new wave of patients who aren't waiting until they feel the first warning signs of a heart attack.
Dr. Winston Gandy, from the Piedmont Heart Institute says, "the trend that we're seeing now is more and more people are coming, interested in their dietary habits, how it's affected their overall health as well as their cardiovascular health. "
Carol, a mother of four, worries about a long family history of cardiovascular problems. "I have to be here as long as I can to take care of my children and I also have to set an example for my children."
She's well on her way after hearing good news. "Everything here looks just phenomenally well."