Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
Did you know heart disease is the number one cause of death in our country in both men and women, while stroke comes in at number four?
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program is an extension of the Elite Health Evaluation. It more accurately defines your risk for cardiovascular disease so you can take steps to dramatically lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Cardiovascular disease affects the blood vessels of the heart and other vital organs, hardening and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis) often leads to further damage which can result in heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.
Vascular injury may start from adolescence and can progress slowly. Unfortunately, cardiovascular disease is often detected in advanced stages, having progressed for decades. By modifying risk factors, slowing the progress of cardiovascular disease is possible, and should be a top priority in maintaining good cardiac health.
Due to cost pressures and an aging population, the Canadian health care system is currently unable to adequately fund preventive health care, including prompt diagnostic testing and routine screening. However, both the American Heart Association and American College of Sports Medicine recommend cardiovascular screening in asymptomatic, middle-aged men and women.
This sophisticated and proactive program offers the most advanced technology and comprehensive laboratory screening to accurately measure your risk of developing vascular disease and should be considered by those persons exhibiting the common risk factors for cardiovascular disease:
- High blood cholesterol and lipids
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease
- Enhanced cardiovascular disease risk screening, including a cardiac stress test (GXT) and a Carotid Intima Media Thickness Test (CIMT), the most advanced method of detecting atherosclerosis
- Coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography, a simple, non-invasive method of examining the coronary vessels that supply blood to the heart.
- Echocardiogram, an ultrasound test is done at rest to fully assess your heart size, valves and pumping efficiency.
- Exercise stress test, to record and evaluate the heart’s activity during exercise; it allows detection of any potential and silent problems with established coronary artery disease.
- Berkeley HeartLab Testing, genetic testing that identifies your genetic risk for heart disease and stroke.
- Cleveland HeartLab Testing identifies markers that reflect your levels of inflammation and oxidative stress that can lead to vascular disease. Advanced lipid panels, using proprietary technology to determine lipoprotein particle size and density, reveal even more about your risk.
Why wait for a cardiac event to happen? Preventative health care is the best way to ensure a long and happy life with your loved ones.