Cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease, is the top cause of death in the United States. Men and women are at equal risk for heart attack and stroke with one in five adults suffering some complication from the condition.
At the Grace Health System® Cardiovascular Center, we believe early diagnosis and treatment to prevent heart disease is the key to cutting your risk of a heart attack and stroke. When you visit the Cardiovascular Center, your doctor will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your health and potential risk factors. Our interventional cardiology specialists will work with you to prepare, communicate and educate you on the best treatment plan for you.
Patient focused, comprehensive care…the Cardiovascular Center at Grace Health System®.
Your physician will do an initial Heart Health Assessment that will document your medical and family history, results of laboratory tests, diet, exercise and personal habits to identify your risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Your physician will also look for additional evidence of heart disease such as chest pain, shortness of breath, swelling in your hands or feet, and cramping in the legs, and will check your pulse oximetry to make sure you’re receiving enough oxygen through the blood.
Your doctor may order other simple, non-invasive laboratory tests to check your blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and to determine the presence of inflammation in your arteries, and there are many other non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures your doctor may prescribe to help diagnose and treat your individual cardiovascular issues.
You may also receive a Cardiac Stress Test, which helps your physician evaluate your heart and vascular system during exercise and diagnose the potential presence of coronary artery disease. Other, more advanced evaluations can be used to provide an enhanced look at your heart’s function during exercise to find areas of reduced blood flow, and possible blockage as needed.
Additional, advanced testing using our 64-slice CT scanner, may be conducted at the Grace Health System® Imaging Center to check for presence of plaque in the arteries, which can be a strong indicator of artery disease, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI, provides physicians with a high-resolution look at the often-overlooked, small peripheral arteries in the legs and kidneys.
Results from imaging studies are achieved relatively quickly, and can signal the need for more in depth evaluation of heart related issues.
No matter what is needed, the Cardiovascular Center at Grace Health System® can provide and coordinate all the evaluations and testing you’ll need to discover potential risks for heart-related issues and guide your individual treatment to help you better avoid the complications of a heart attack and stroke.