HEART DISEASE


WHAT IS HEART DISEASE?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Each year approximately 565,000 Americans suffer their first heart attack while an additional 300,000 have a second or third. Heart disease is responsible for nearly 30 percent of all reported deaths in the U.S.


WHAT HEART RELATED PROBLEMS ARE YOU SCREENING ME FOR?

We are specifically looking for problems that can lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) as well as many other conditions that can have a serious effect on the health of your heart.  
 
We are screening for:
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cholesterol (Complete Lipid Profile)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Left Ventricle Hypertrophy
  • Ejection Fraction
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Irregular Heartbeat (Arrhythmia)
  • Prior Heart Attacks
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Diabetes





  • ARE YOU AT RISK FOR HEART DISEASE?

    In 2003, 37% of adults reported having two or more of the risk factors.  
    Risk factors for heart disease are:
    Heart disease was once thought of as primarily a man's disease.  Not anymore.  Every year since 1984, more women have died of cardiovascular disease than men.  Unfortunately, many doctors and hospitals still have this attitude and women do not get the preventive care they need until they eventually suffer a heart attack.

    Test yourself.  Take this risk assessment and see if you are at risk.

    AM I AT RISK?




    WHEN DOES HEART DISEASE BEGIN?


    Heart disease doesn't just happen.  It begins years, even decades, before any symptoms start to appear. That is if you are lucky enough to get symptoms instead of suffering a major heart attack.  Studies have repeatedly shown that heart disease can begin in early adulthood, 20 years old or younger.  Poor diet choices, lack of vigorous exercise, stress and family history of heart disease all factor into triggering this life threatening condition.



    HOW CAN I PREVENT HEART DISEASE?
    • Control your cholesterol.
    • Carefully watch your blood pressure (adhere strickly to your doctor's advice).
    • Control your diabetes.
    • DO NOT SMOKE!
    • Only use alcohol in moderation.
    • Exercise regularly.
    • Watch what you eat.  Do not eat a diet rich in saturated fats or cholesterol.
    • Control your weight.