Preventative Heart Care
Our preventive services are offered to patients at risk of having heart or vascular disease and to educate ones already affected.
High Blood Pressure
If you do not carry a diagnosis of hypertension, your blood pressure needs to be checked every two years. A high BP is 130/90 or higher. It can lead to strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, and kidney and eye problems.
High cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and poor circulation. Have your cholesterol checked regularly.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
If you are a male between the ages of 65 and 75 and have ever been a smoker, you have to be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm. This is a bulging in your abdominal aorta, the largest artery in your body, which may burst if large enough and may lead to death. An ultrasound, a safe, painless test, can be done to identify an aneurysm if present.
Recommendations for aspirin use for prevention of heart attack or stroke in people who have never been affected by it varies.
- Women who are 55 to 79 years old can consider taking aspirin to prevent a stroke
- Men who are 45 to 79 years old can consider taking aspirin to prevent a heart attack
Talk to your cardiologist who will assess the risk and benefit and make a recommendation.