When you need a heart health screening, it’s important to see true cardiovascular specialists who understand heart health problems and risks in depth. Capitol Cardiology Associates has a 30-year history of providing outstanding heart health care, and they’re now seeing patients in six convenient offices in Lanham, Bowie, Camp Springs, Silver Spring, Laurel, and Largo, Maryland. Book your heart health screening online or call the office nearest you now.
A heart health screening is a group of tests that evaluate your cardiovascular system (your heart and blood vessels). Heart health screenings can detect possible health threats before they cause symptoms.
A heart health screening helps you prevent heart disease, stroke, and heart attack, so it can literally save your life.
Most people need to start at least some aspects of screening beginning around age 20.
The specific tests that you need in your heart health screening can vary with your age, medical history, and family history of cardiovascular problems. The standard heart health screenings that everyone needs include:
Blood pressure checks occur during all your medical visits.
If you have an average risk of heart disease and stroke, you need a cholesterol blood test every four to six years. If you have an elevated risk, you’ll need this test more often.
Body weight and BMI checks occur at least once a year, but possibly more often.
Blood glucose testing starts at age 45. If blood sugar levels are healthy during this screening, you’ll have blood glucose tests every three years. If you have prediabetes or diabetes you’ll need this test more often.
If you have an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, or heart attack, or if your initial tests show cardiovascular warning signs, you could need other tests like electrocardiogram (EKG), stress tests, or echocardiogram. You could need other advanced tests based on the situation.
After your heart health screening at Capitol Cardiology Associates, your provider explains your results and helps you understand your cardiovascular risks and concerns. In many cases, heart health screenings reveal potential issues that you still have time to change.
Your provider can recommend measures to reduce your risk of complications, such as eating a heart-healthy diet, exercising, or taking medication to help lower your blood pressure.
Heart health screenings are the foundation of preventive cardiology. They can help you reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke, so don’t wait to schedule your appointment. Call Capitol Cardiology Associates or click on the online booking link now.