Certain health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, and blocked arteries, can happen to anyone. However, there are some individuals who are at a higher risk for developing heart disease or experiencing a cardiovascular "event" such as a heart attack or stroke. Preventive cardiology services can help these types of patients try to prevent a cardiovascular event from occurring.
Early Detection is Important When it Comes to Heart Health
Early detection of heart disease can save lives. The earlier heart disease is detected the sooner patients can receive proper care that leads to the prevention of potentially life threatening problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
Without early detection, patients are forced to wait until a cardiovascular event occurs. This ‘watch and wait’ approach could have life-altering consequences. Getting proper preventive care can help patients lead longer, healthier lives.
Preventive Cardiology Services Aims at Lowering Your Risk
It is important to understand that receiving preventive services cannot guarantee that you will not experience a cardiovascular event or stop you from developing heart disease. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely prevent them. Instead, these preventive services are designed to dramatically lower your risk for experiencing a heart attack, having a stroke, or developing heart disease.
In an effort to lower your risk of developing heart disease or preventing a cardiovascular event, your care team will create a personalized treatment plan. Your personalized treatment plan will include anything from lifestyle changes, such as exercising more and eating healthier, to medication and medical monitoring.
A personalized preventive plan is created by cardiac specialists after you have undergone extensive testing. Medical testing that may be requested include blood tests, EKGs, Holter monitoring, impedance cardiograph, and echocardiography. Once the test results have been received, a specialist will look them over and create a personalized preventive plan that includes a combination of lifestyle changes, educational classes, medication, and medical monitoring.
Preventive Services Help Even After You Experience a Cardiovascular Event
Preventive heart care services can help individuals who are rehabilitating themselves after experiencing a heart attack or stroke. In situations like this a cardiac specialist creates a preventive and maintenance plan that is designed to not only rehabilitate an individual and help get them back to proper health after a cardiovascular event, but it is designed to prevent a future cardiovascular event from happening.
The preventive and rehabilitation plan is similar to the plan created for individuals who are trying to lower their risk of developing heart disease. It includes a combination of dietary changes, lifestyle changes, medication, and heart monitoring.
If you are interested in learning how to lower your risk of heart disease or help prevent a future cardiovascular event, let Premier Heart & Vein Care help. Dr. Stevens offers preventive cardiology services that can help you maintain your heart health and prevent the onset or reoccurrence of heart disease. Call us today to schedule an appointment.