In the United States, heart disease accounts for one of every four deaths. Additionally, more than 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to improve your cardiovascular health and lower your risk of serious problems. At Starling Clinic in Plano and Texarkana, Texas, Rabia Khan, MD, and the team specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. To make an appointment, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Cardiovascular disease is a common problem that affects millions of Americans, but there’s plenty you can do to significantly lower your risk. For example, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding bad habits like smoking cigarettes, or drinking too much alcohol can help you live a happy, healthy life.
It’s also important to familiarize yourself with your risk factors. Common risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood glucose. Fortunately, there are tests designed to pinpoint these numbers.
The team at Starling Clinic uses a series of tests to monitor your overall cardiovascular health, including:
Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure your blood places on the walls of your blood vessels. The American Heart Association says a healthy, normal blood pressure reading is any reading less than 120/80 mm Hg. Any number higher than 120/80 mm Hg is elevated and significantly increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Fortunately, high blood pressure is easy to manage via medication and healthy lifestyle changes.
A fasting lipoprotein profile or cholesterol test is a blood test that measures your total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Typically, the team at Starling Clinic recommends you participate in a fasting lipoprotein profile once every four to six years. However, if you have a family history of heart disease, more frequent testing may be necessary.
If you have high blood glucose, or blood sugar levels, you’re also more likely to develop prediabetes or diabetes. Left untreated, diabetes increases your risk of heart disease and other serious health problems including neuropathy. A fasting blood glucose (FBG) test determines the amount of glucose in your blood.
To determine the type of cardiovascular testing you’ll most benefit from, make an appointment with the team at Starling Clinic. Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, the team can recommend a series of screening measures that align with your individual needs.
If you’re young and relatively healthy, you might only need a blood pressure and cholesterol test. However, if you’re overweight or have a family history of diabetes, additional testing may be necessary.
Protect your cardiovascular health. Make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.