According to NIH, or National Institute of Health, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
Cardiovascular diseases are mainly referred to heart attacks and strokes that occurs in our patients that has risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and people who has smoking history or family history of CV diseases.
Our goal is to try and screen our patients with blood test for cholesterol, diabetes, inflammatory markers, and other CV markers.
We also check your weight, your blood pressure , and offer advice on smoke cessation, weight management, and physical activities.
If we do have risks, we will try to manage health behaviors with good diet, increased exercise, and lowering your body mass index if needed.
We can also prescribe medications to help control diseases like diabetes, hypertension , and hypercholestrolemia.
Even at our best, however, few of us have the most ideal levels on our blood work and other screening tests.
Therefore, if your tests results shows you need improvement and you start to experience signs and symptoms of having cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance, palpitations, dizziness with blurred vision,
severe headaches, swelling in legs for no reason, you will probably require additional advanced testings, such as echocardiogram, carotid doppler, holter monitor, or exercise stress echocardiogram.
Our clinic offers these services for patients who has risk factors for CV disease and require more advanced CV screening:
Electrocardiography ( EKG ) - measures electrical activity of the heart which can reveal abnormal rhythm, heart blocks, and if you are having or had a heart attack.
Echocardiogram ( Echo ) - use of ultrasound to evaluate the size of the heart, motions of the valves, and contractions of the heart muscles and movement of blood flow.
Exercise Cardiac Stress Test - involves walking on a treadmill monitoring blood pressure and running EKG looking for any changes while stressing the heart with exercise.
Stress Echo - involves doing Echo before and after exercise cardiac stress test to provide additional imaging and data to increase the accuracy of cardiac stress test.
Carotid Doppler - involves scanning the carotid arteries that are in the neck to assess for cholesterol plaques or blockage to blood flow to the brain.
Holter Monitor - 24 hour monitoring device you wear on your body to capture heart arrhythmia.
According to the American Heart Association, screening should be done yearly to screen for CV risk factors
Those will higher risks who are showing signs and symptoms of CV disease, might be recommended to undergo one of more of these advanced diagnostic testing.
The goal of CV screening is to detect diseases in early stages and to treat the issue before it becomes late stage where we start to have heart attacks and strokes.