Talking Olympics and Heart Health With Dana Vollmer

February 7, 2018
Updated 1mo ago

Olympic gold medal swimmer Dana Vollmer and Go Red For Women spokesperson Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum discuss ways to make sure your heart is healthy. Dana Vollmer has won the 4th most gold medals of any U.S. female Olympian.

Vollmer explains she was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome, a cardiac electrical disorder, when she was 15 years old. Doctors recommended she be near a pool whenever possible in case of a cardiac emergency. Vollmer has since been cleared of the condition.

Dr. Steinbaum says everyone needs to know their blood pressure. She explains the number of women under 45 with high blood pressure is expected to double because of new blood pressure guidelines.

Vollmer says she's very excited for the Winter Olympics even though she won't be competing. She told us how she gets goosebumps thinking about competing and winning her gold medals. Vollmer is currently preparing for the 2020 summer games in Tokyo.