In relation to cardiovascular health, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve. Regular physical exams and routine tests are valuable because they enable us to anticipate potential problems and take steps to prevent them.
Diagnosing and managing arrhythmia.
rregular heart beats are not merely annoying and stressful, but they can indicate an underlying cardiovascular problem. An arrhythmia may be caused by high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy (changes in heart muscle), valve disorders, electrolyte imbalances involving sodium and potassium in the blood, injury from a heart attack, or other medical issues. Temporary irregular heart rhythms sometimes occur in normal, healthy patients. In these cases, it may be caused by certain medications, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, cocaine, diet pills, or emotional stress.
Comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation
includes a 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 tests to measure cholesterol and blood sugar; blood analysis for kidney and liver function; lifestyle assessment which takes into account your physical regimen, diet, and any use of alcohol, supplements and nicotine.
to determine blood pressure is important for older people, as the arteries become less flexible with age. Also, most of us gain weight and our risk of cardiovascular disease increases as we get older. It’s important to have your blood pressure measured on a regular basis, as one isolated reading does not give us a true picture. Blood pressure is dependent on a number of variables, including time of day, stress, and your general health at the time of the reading.
Cholesterol and lipid management
The American Heart Association recommends that everyone over the age of 20 have their cholesterol checked. This type of screening is especially critical for older people, or those who have risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, or high blood pressure. At our Miami clinic, we do routine screening for cholesterol and triglycerides. Taking a blood sample and having it analyzed in the lab is a big first step in helping you avoid cardiovascular disease.
includes regular office visits to fine-tune the heartbeat to your body’s needs. In these follow-up visits, the doctor will check the battery, ask how you’ve felt since you had the device implanted, assess your medical condition, adjust the settings on your device if necessary, and answer any questions you may have (for instance, about work, recreational activities, and sex).