Heart disease is a common cause of death and disability in the United States, so routine cardiovascular screening is important. At Suncoast Medical Group in Houston, Texas, internist Onyi Agim, MD, and her exceptional team offer a variety of heart disease screenings to detect and treat problems before serious complications develop. Call the Suncoast Medical Group to find out if cardiovascular screening is for you or book an appointment online today.
Cardiovascular screening, or heart disease screening, includes diagnostic tests that can detect or rule out heart and blood vessel problems.
Getting screened for heart disease, which is a leading cause of death in the United States, and seeking treatment when needed is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and other heart problems.
Common types of cardiovascular screening include:
Blood pressure screening informs Dr. Agim if you have high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease. She and her team use a blood pressure cuff and a machine or stethoscope to get an accurate blood pressure reading.
High blood cholesterol is another indicator of heart disease risks. Suncoast Medical Group uses a simple blood test to screen you for high cholesterol.
An electrocardiogram, also known as an EKG, is a painless heart function test that records electrical signals in your heart while you rest. Dr. Agim places electrodes on your skin to record your heart's activity.
Stress tests are like EKGs, but these tests record your heart’s electrical activity while you’re exercising on a treadmill or stationary bike.
During Holter monitoring, you wear a device that continuously records your heart’s rhythm for up to 72 hours. The monitor can detect heart rhythm problems that aren’t obvious with an EKG.
Echocardiograms use sound waves to develop images of your heart’s structure and function.
During cardiac catheterization, Dr. Agim inserts a tiny tube into an artery or vein. She threads the catheter through the artery until it reaches your heart to measure pressure and blood flow.
Cardiac computerized tomography (CT) scans use an X-ray tube that rotates around you and creates detailed images of your heart.
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and radio waves to develop images of your heart.
If you have a heart or blood vessel disorder, or heart disease risk factors, Dr. Agim might recommend one of the following treatments:
She can refer you to a heart specialist as needed for further diagnostic testing or treatment if you have a complex heart or blood vessel problem.
If you develop heart disease or its risk factors, call the Suncoast Medical Group to schedule cardiovascular screening or book an appointment online today.