Dr. Jones said it's important for patients to take an active role in their health and that means not smoking, watching your weight and knowing your numbers for things like blood pressure and cholesterol.
“Genetics may play a part of it, but a lot of it is the things we're doing to ourselves,” Jones said.
Steve Pearson has constantly struggled with his weight so he turned to running. Pearson was training for a marathon about 3 years ago when he found himself in the ER suffering from extreme pain and exhaustion.
“They discovered I was having a gall bladder attack, but at the same time they figured I was in Afib,”Â Pearson, who is a heart disease survivor, said.Â
Pearson went on medication, but he also turned to wearable technology to help him monitor his heart.