Cardiovascular health problems can strike without warning. That’s why it’s important to see your doctor for regular check-ups. At our Miami clinic, we offer a comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation to identify potential concerns before they are life-threatening.
- stress test, which enables us to study the heart while it’s working
- an ultrasound exam of the arteries in the neck (carotid) to identify arteriosclerosis and plaque build-up
- electrocardiogram (EKG) to assess the electrical activity of the heart
- physical exam to check muscle and joint fitness
- blood test to measure cholesterol and blood sugar
- blood test to check kidney and liver function
- lifestyle analysis which takes into account your physical regimen, diet, and any use of alcohol, supplements and nicotine.
Whether male or female, many of us have traits or habits that predispose us to cardiovascular problems such as stroke, heart disease or diabetes.
The comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation is designed to identify and treat the underlying causes of these diseases.
If there is a family history of heart disease or stroke– especially if it has occurred to family members at a relatively young age– we need to pay close attention to your personal risk factors.
High blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, or high cholesterol– and especially if you have more than one of these danger signs– signify an elevated risk. The good news is that almost all of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease are manageable. Cholesterol, high triglyceride levels, and body fat composition can be modified with diet, exercise, stress reduction or medication. Even patients with a family history of heart disease or stroke may see a measurable improvement when they alter their lifestyle.
Certain signs indicate that you may be a candidate for cardiovascular disease. Do you tire more easily than you used to? Are you overweight? Do you smoke, or drink alcohol in excess? Do you notice shortness of breath while walking? Any of these issues could mean that a problem is in the making. Don’t wait until illness forces you to see a specialist. Call our office today and ask for a comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation.