Screening for cardiovascular disease before any symptoms are present can save lives. Here at Bharmal Internal Medicine, we believe in providing our patients with tests and services that will help them take control of their health. There are numerous different types of screening for cardiovascular disease, including laboratory tests that check blood and other fluids, genetic tests that look for specific markers linked to the disease, and imaging tests that give us insight into the inner-workings of the body.
When you come into Bharmal Internal Medicine for cardiovascular screening, you may be evaluated for the following:
- The amount of cholesterol found in the blood, referred to as low-density lipoproteins (LDL). High levels of LDL can result in buildup in the arteries, which can cause heart disease
- Blood glucose levels, or the amount of sugar found in the blood
- How much C-reactive protein is in the blood
- This is done through a test called high-sensitivity c-reactive protein
- Blood pressure levels
We will then look at the results from the initial screening tests and any other potential risk factors before moving forward. In some cases, Dr. Vora may recommend the following additional tests:
- Electrocardiography (EKG), which tests the electrical activity of the heart
- Exercise cardiac stress test
- Cardiac CT
- Coronary CT angiography (CTA)
- Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI)
- Coronary catheter angiography
In order to prevent heart disease from developing, we encourage you to consider cardiovascular screening.
There are a handful of risk factors that may determine who should consider cardiovascular screening, including:
It is recommended that individuals begin testing for many of the issues related to heart disease as early as 20. To learn more about our cardiovascular screening services or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vora, please contact Bharmal Internal Medicine today.