Step 1: The Assessment
We assess your risk of heart disease with a few simple blood tests and, sometimes, a noninvasive procedure that lets us look at your heart in just 15 minutes. You will have a one-on-one consultation with a Nurse Practitioner or a Preventive Cardiology Fellow to discuss the results.
You’re probably aware of the most common risk factors for heart disease:
- High Cholesterol
- Family History
- High Blood Pressure
- High Triglyceride
- Erectile Dysfunction
Non-traditional Risk Factors include:
did you know that if you have one risk factor, odds are that you have 2 or 3 risk factors for heart disease? For the most part, risk factors do not come in silos, but in clusters. The more risk factors you have, the more risk you have for a heart event.
Step 2: The Plan
Once we’ve identified your areas of risk, we’ll put together a plan that’s personalized to your specific situation. The plan may involve lifestyle changes, supplements, prescription meds or all three. Whatever plan we develop will be geared to you, to your cholesterol, your blood pressure, your weight, your blood sugar, your lifestyle, and your needs.
Step 3: Follow Up
How does 30 minutes, three to four times a year sound?
Keeping on top of your health isn’t difficult. In fact, a typical monitoring plan usually takes 30 minutes every 3 to 4 months. But, a lot of good things happen in those 30 minutes.
We’ll be monitoring your progress by checking:
- Cholesterol Levels
- Vitamin D levels
- Blood Sugar
- Body Mass Index
- Waist Circumference
- Exercise Program
- Blood Pressure
Before you leave, our cardiac specialist will sit down with you and tell you just how well you’re doing and whether or not your personal wellness program needs adjustment.
What to do to prepare for your visit.
Your initial test can be done at any Cardio Wellness Program offered at all our Cardiovascular Consultants locations.
- Don’t eat 12 hours prior to your appointment.
- Drink lots of water (okay to have black coffee)
- Continue to take your medications as directed.
No doctor referral is required unless requested by your health insurance company. And remember, don’t let your first symptoms be your last.