Screening Tests Can Save Your Life and Prevent Heart Attacks
According to the American Heart Association, many people experience no symptoms before having a heart attack or stroke. A series of simple screening tests by trained experts in cardiovascular disease can identify problems before symptoms develop, preventing issues down the road. The cost is low. The tests are simple and fast. Aren’t you worth it?
Please consider the following questions:
- Are you 40 years old or older?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you take blood pressure medication?
- Do you have any close relatives with a history of heart attack, bypass, stroke or balloon surgery?
- Is your cholesterol elevated?
If you answered “yes” to two or more questions, you may be at risk for heart attack or stroke. Please consider the series of cardiovascular screenings offered by Oklahoma Heart Institute.
These screenings are fast, accurate and painless. There is no physician referral required and if you schedule the first four screenings you will receive a $20 discount.
- Carotid Artery Evaluation (15 minutes, $40)
Strokes rank third among all causes of death behind heart disease and cancer. To assess your risk, an ultrasound probe is placed on your neck to screen for blockages in your carotid arteries which supply blood to the brain. This is also a marker of heart attack risk.
- Cardiac Function Evaluation (15 minutes, $40)
To analyze cardiac function and calculate your Ejection Fraction (the amount of blood your heart is able to pump), an ultrasound probe will be positioned at various locations on your chest.
- Abdominal Aorta Evaluation (15 minutes, $40)
Most abdominal aneurysms are asymptomatic. To screen for an aneurysm, an ultrasound probe is used to analyze your abdominal aorta.
- Ankle/Brachial Index (15 minutes, $40)
Blood pressures are obtained from your legs and arms to screen for peripheral artery disease. It not only assesses circulation to the legs but also is a marker of heart attack risk.
- Cardiac Calcium Score (15 minutes, $99)
Coronary plaque can build up silently for years and if left untreated, can cause blockages and heart attacks. This test measures the calcified plaque in the coronaries and is an indirect measure of the total amount of plaque in the coronaries. A multi-slice CT scanner takes a series of pictures of your heart in just a few seconds.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 918-416-0899.