When you visit our doctors in Manhattan (Midtown or Upper East Side) for heart screening, we can assess your risk factors and which includes your family history, diabetes, your age, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure, and other lifestyle factors.
Heart disease and stroke are two of the most common causes of death in the United States, and prevention is our goal. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. Your heart needs a continual supply of oxygen and blood, and without it, it will soon begin to die.
Quick treatment is essential to restore blood flow. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or is blocked, and without the blood and oxygen carried by this vessel, the brain soon begins to die. The part of the body controlled by that area of the brain will be unable to work correctly. Brain damage can occur minutes after a stroke, but prompt treatment can reduce the damage and greatly increases the chances of a complete recovery.
Based on findings, our best doctors New York internal medicine and heart screening specialists can make suitable recommendations to control existing health problems, reducing their effect on your heart health. Heart and stroke screening include diagnostic testing, referral to specialists where appropriate, and counseling for lifestyle modifications can aid in disease prevention.
Heart Screening and Stroke Screening in NYC
Your regular health provider may take some measurements such as blood pressure and body weight during routine medical appointments, but you may require more frequent testing or additional tests if you have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular condition, have a family history of heart disease, or already have other risk factors like high blood pressure or lifestyle choices. Some of the key tests for heart health screening and stroke screening are listed below.
Usually, high blood pressure has no symptoms and is undetectable without being measured. High blood pressure greatly increases the risk of heart disease, and normally, blood pressure should be 120/180 mm Hg. Blood pressure levels are checked at least once every two years starting aged 20, but if you already have high blood pressure, your doctor may need to check it more frequently. Often, high blood pressure is controllable with medication or lifestyle modifications.
A fasting lipoprotein profile is a blood test measuring total cholesterol levels that include LDL or bad cholesterol, and HDL or good cholesterol. Usually, a fasting lipoprotein profile is taken every 4 to 6 years from age 20, but you may need more frequent testing if you have an increased risk for heart disease. After age 40, physicians use an equation to calculate your 10-year risk of developing heart disease based on your fasting lipoprotein profile.
Your primary care physician will weigh you during your regular healthcare visits. Your body weight is used to calculate your body mass index (BMI) and provides a good indication as to whether you are a healthy weight. Being severely overweight can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke and many other diseases. Your waist circumference is another important measurement and can help to evaluate your risk of cardiovascular disease, especially if you are overweight.
A high level of blood glucose or blood sugar increases your risk of developing insulin resistance and prediabetes or Type II diabetes. Undiagnosed and untreated diabetes can increase the risk of many serious health problems that include heart disease and stroke. If you are overweight and have at least one other risk factor for cardiovascular disease, your physician may recommend a blood glucose test. This test is usually performed routinely every three years.
Your lifestyle plays an important part in your risk for heart disease and stroke. We will wish to discuss your diet and physical activity habits, and if necessary, we can suggest helpful modifications to help improve your heart health.
Other more sophisticated diagnostic tests may be appropriate if you have symptoms of heart disease or if your risk is elevated. These diagnostic screening tests might include an electrocardiogram, echo testing or an echocardiographic, vascular ultrasound, a coronary calcium scan, or ECG monitoring.
An electrocardiogram records the electrical activity and rhythm of the heart and is a very straightforward screening test. It is useful in screening for any cardiac rhythm disorders, heart damage, or any enlargement of the heart muscle.
An echocardiogram uses ultrasound to create an image of the heart valves and muscle. It is used to screen for blood flow through the heart valves and heart chambers and to evaluate the way your heart is pumping blood.
A vascular ultrasound is a simple screening test used to evaluate the carotid arteries. The test can detect signs of significant plaque, which can increase the risk of stroke.
Coronary Calcium Scan
A coronary calcium scan is a CT scan providing an image of the heart’s arteries and which can indicate if the risk of heart attack or stroke is higher.
ECG monitoring uses a small device that records the rhythm of your heart continuously for 24 hours. It can evaluate symptoms of heart arrhythmia and palpitations, and you will need to keep a diary of any symptoms experienced during this time.
Early Detection and Prevention in Midtown & UES
Early detection is critical to assess your risk factors which may include high blood pressure, age, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history and many others. Our board certified primary care doctors and general practitioners in NYC are experts and will delve into your medical history to identity at risk patients and make recommendations for better health.
Referral to specialists, diagnostic testing and counseling for lifestyle modification can be made to aid in prevention. We look forward to meeting you in our internal medicine office in Midtown Manhattan or on Upper East Side and taking the journey towards better health with you!
Heart and Stroke Screening for Patients in NYC
Please make an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Midtown Manhattan or Upper East Side with our primary care physicians. Our general practitioners and internist doctors look forward to meeting you!