Strokes and heart attacks are two of the most common causes of death in the United States, accounting for a combined ⅓ of all American deaths annually. 1.5 million Americans will suffer a heart attack or stroke this year. Some of the main contributors to heart attacks and strokes are cardiovascular ailments such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Many of these risk factors show no visible symptoms before it’s too late, so it’s important to get yourself checked for early warning signs. We offer heart and stroke screenings to identify potential issues and advise our patients on how to reduce their risk going forward.
Very little preparation is necessary before a heart & stroke screening. You may want to gather any relevant medical records and any information you can get about your family history with regard to cardiac health before going in for your appointment.
At Manhattan Cardiology, our team of experts will guide you through all the screening and testing necessary to evaluate your system to find out if there are existing problems, or if your lifestyle lends to serious vascular diseases down the road.
At Manhattan Cardiology, a simple blood test can be completed to look for blood clots and/or the likelihood of a heart attack. Early detection is essential to managing or even preventing heart disease.
Once you have a clearer understanding of your risk of heart disease, you can identify areas for improvement and work towards preventing complications. Lifestyle changes may be sufficient, but medicine or procedures may be necessary to improve your quality of life.
The results of these screenings guide us to formulate a treatment plan specific to you and your heart health. Don’t wait – get your heart screened today. It could save your life.
Follow up will depend on the results of your initial appointment. Generally a heart screening appointment should be scheduled about once every year, but if your doctor determines that you may be at particularly high risk of a heart attack or stroke, they may ask you to return for an earlier follow up. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes such as more exercise, change in diet, or quitting smoking.
The extensiveness and cost of the heart screening are based on your risk assessment. Some tests are unnecessary for low-risk individuals but may be essential for high-risk categories.
Being told that you have high cholesterol or might be at risk of a stroke or heart attack may cause some stress and anxiety, but there are very few real risks of getting a heart & stroke screening. It is typically far riskier to go without getting screened and leave any potential issues undiagnosed and untreated.
Manhattan Cardiology offers a wide variety of heart screenings, ranging from a nuclear stress test to an exercise stress test. We’re strong believers in spotting potential issues early on so that our patients have as many treatment options available to them as possible.