If you’re concerned about your risk of heart-related health problems, cardiovascular testing can pinpoint potential problems, providing you with peace of mind. At UpcareClinics in Olathe, Kansas, their health care team offers noninvasive cardiovascular testing. When combined with regular check-ups, these measures can keep your heart healthy and strong. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Cardiovascular testing refers to preventive screenings used to detect heart disease and other potentially serious problems before they present symptoms. There are several types of cardiovascular tests, including laboratory panels, genetic screenings, and diagnostic imaging procedures.
At UpcareClinics, the team offers a variety of cardiovascular tests, including:
A lipid panel is a blood test used to measure your cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is a fatty, wax-like substance in your blood. You need some cholesterol to survive, but too much can clog your arteries, increasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
A lipid panel measures your total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. For the most accurate results, it’s important to fast for at least 12 hours before your panel.
High blood pressure occurs when the force of the blood pumping against the walls of your arteries is consistently high for an extended period of time. High blood pressure is incredibly common but presents no obvious side-effects.
To measure your blood pressure, your UpcareClinics provider uses an inflatable cuff and a pressure-measuring gauge. Any reading above 120/80 mm Hg indicates that you have high blood pressure.
Blood glucose screening measures your blood sugar levels. Everyone needs blood sugar, but if your levels are consistently too high, it increases your risk of permanent nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy) or heart disease.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a cardiovascular test that measures your heart’s electrical activity. Your provider attaches a series of electrodes to your arms and chest. The electrodes provide information about your heart rate and rhythm.
An exercise cardiac stress test monitors your heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, and electrical activity while walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike. This test determines if you receive adequate blood flow to your heart under physical exertion.
An echocardiogram is a cardiovascular test that uses ultrasound waves to create detailed images of your heart. Echocardiography shows the size and structure of your heart. It also provides images of your heart valves and walls of your heart chambers.
Cardiovascular testing is important because it can alert you to potentially serious health problems early on when they’re most responsive to treatment.
Many heart problems, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol, present no obvious symptoms. This means you might be at risk and not even realize it.
If the team at UpcareClinics determines you’re at risk of heart disease, they can develop a custom care plan to limit its progression and improve your overall quality of life.
To schedule a cardiovascular testing appointment at UpcareClinics, call the office and speak with a friendly team member or book a consultation online today.