A heart screening is a vital part of maintaining good health. While they may not sound enjoyable, a heart screening can help a cardiologist take preventive measures, which can go a long way when there is potential for heart disease or other related conditions.
Each person is different, which means their needs may vary. With that being said, a heart screening may be a different experience for everyone. However, there are a few general steps that a cardiologist takes when performing a heart screening. Ready to learn more?
An overview of a heart screening
Outlined below is what to expect during a heart screening. While it is a relatively simple appointment, it can be helpful to know what to expect beforehand.
What is a heart screening?
A heart screening refers to a number of tests and examinations that are done in order to find diseases or heart conditions before symptoms begin to show, meaning they are done when the patient appears to be in good health. Typically a heart screening consists of the following general steps:
- Blood work which can be used to test for certain cells or abnormalities
- Genetic tests to highlight any possible genetic markers that may indicate a higher risk
- Imaging tests that show the cardiologist what the inside of the body looks like
- Physical examination to listen to the heart and lungs
Outside of the four main heart screening tests listed above, there are a few other specific tests that may be run to give the cardiologist a better idea of any possible risks or abnormalities. These include an EKG, exercise cardiac stress test, blood pressure testing, a cholesterol count, MPI or cardiac CT.
How it works
An initial heart screening consisting of the four main tests is usually done first, which can take about an hour. If there are any abnormalities then the cardiologist may take additional tests in a separate appointment to better identify what the problem may be. From there, the cardiologist will recommend a course of action, which may include a treatment plan or simple lifestyle changes.
Things to consider
A heart screening can go a long way in preventing certain diseases or conditions from developing. It allows the cardiologist to get out in front of any symptoms, which can help the patient avoid pain or dysfunction. While healthy people may not think that it is necessary, a cardiologist highly recommends it on a semi-regular basis as a lot of diseases and conditions are unnoticeable in their early stages. With that being said, it is necessary for adults over the age of 45 to get a heart screening at least every four years. However, if there is a risk of heart disease, due to genetics or other conditions then, they may be required more often.
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To learn more about the process or to get started with a heart screening, reach out today. Further information can be provided about specific tests that may need to be done.
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