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Feb 14

February is Heart Health Month, Are You Doing Enough? Ultrasound Screening Could Save Your Life

February is National Heart Health Month, which raises awareness of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading killer among both men and women. There are many things we can do to stay heart healthy including eating a proper diet and getting plenty of exercise. It’s also important to know the signs of an impending heart attack: chest discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting are all signs for you to call 911 Emergency Services. Do not delay in seeking immediate medical attention.

Cardiovascular Testing 

There are many tests and procedures available to help determine if a person has cardiovascular disease, the type of disease, the severity, and the most effective treatment methods. Definitions, description and special instructions will be provided in this section. If you have any questions about your test or procedure, it is very important to talk to your doctor and care team.

Types of Tests:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG): a recording of the electrical currents that cause the heart to beat. During this short and painless procedure, an ECG technician places electrodes—sensing devices—on your chest, arms, and legs.
  • Echocardiogram (Cardiac Ultrasound): This test can help identify such problems as narrowing or leaking of valves, heart defects such as abnormal communication between the right and left sides of the heart, and heart muscle malfunction.

 

There’s now a screening for a disease outside your heart, which could save lives. It’s an ultrasound screening that specifically looks for vascular disease in your arteries. Vascular screenings help detect plaque and blockage in the arteries that may cause blood clots that may lead to death. Carotid plaque rupture can cause strokes. In the United States, there are about 500,000 strokes that occur each year. It’s the second leading cause of death. Vascular Ultrasound is a non-invasive and inexpensive examination of the carotid arteries for blockage and stenosis, Aorta for aneurysm (AAA) and an Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) for the early detection of PAD – PVD (Peripheral Artery Disease – Peripheral Vascular Disease. Without ultrasound screening exams, early detection for vascular diseases is low. 

 

Anyone over the age of 55 has a greater risk of developing vascular disease, especially if they’re a smoker, have high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. If you are in this category, a vascular screening may help give you a clearer picture of your cardiovascular health. There are clear instances where screenings have saved lives due to the early detection of cardiovascular disease.

Smart Health Screening

Ultrasound Laboratories, Inc. dba SmartHealth Screening & SonoTech Imaging. We provide abdominal, cardiac and vascular ultrasound imaging services to physicians offices and patients homes. We accept most insurances including Medicare and Medi-Cal. 1-408-829-6486. Office with Saturday appointments at 305 South Drive, suite 7, Mountain View, CA