What Is A Stroke Screening?
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.
How Do You Prepare For A Stroke Exam?
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.
Why Is A Stroke Screening Performed?
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.
What Are The Benefits Of A Screening?
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.
What Do We Screen For?
- Heart Murmur
- Atrial Fibrillation
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Sleep Apnea
- Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
- Sudden Death Syndrome
- Carotid Artery Stenosis
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.
What Can You Expect During A Stroke Screening?
- Risk category assignment – What are your risk factors for heart disease?
- Early disease assessment – Do you exhibit any of the early warning signs or symptoms of heart disease?
- Modifiable disease contributor assessment – Which of your risk factors can be improved with lifestyle changes?
What Is The Follow Up Process For A Stroke Screening?
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.
What Are The Potential Costs For A Stroke Screening?
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.
What Are The Potential Risks For A Stroke Test?
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.