More than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year. At one in four, it’s the leading cause of death in the U.S., but many people with heart disease don’t even know they have it because they don’t experience symptoms. Screenings can help determine your risk for heart disease. If you have heart disease, screenings can identify ways to prevent or reduce its impact on your health.
Dr. Syed Ali with Mercy Clinic Interventional Cardiology explains six types of screenings that help determine if your heart is healthy.
A calcium scan and cardiovascular screening are generally recommended for people 45 or older. If you have risk factors for heart disease, you may want to consider having the screenings earlier.
If your screening test reveals heart disease, there are several treatment options. They include medication, lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, or surgical intervention.
Talk to your Mercy doctor to fully understand your risk and whether these screenings are right for you.
Syed Ali, MD, is a fellowship-trained interventional cardiologist at Mercy Clinic Interventional Cardiology in Ardmore, OK.
To schedule an appointment, call 580.220.6639.
*Coronary calcium scan available in Ardmore, OK; Bella Vista, AR; Carthage, MO; Fort Scott, KS; Joplin, MO; Rogers, AR; and St. Louis, MO.
**Cardiovascular screening available in Ardmore, OK; Bella Vista, AR; Carthage, MO; Fort Smith, AR; Joplin, MO; Rogers, AR; and Springfield, MO.
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