Over 28 million Americans are living with some form of heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Mississippi and accounts for over a third of all deaths. Mississippi leads the nation with the highest mortality rate for heart disease. Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly reduce your risk for cardiovascular failure.
Schedule a Heart Screening for $79
Who Should Get a Screening?
- Individuals age 40+.
- Individuals with a family history of heart disease.
- Individuals with any of the following risk factors: smoking, overweight, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high glucose.
Our Screening Includes
- Cardiac Ultrasound Imaging [also known as Echocardiogram (echo)] – This non-invasive procedure provides your doctor with moving images of your heart allows the doctor to evaluate your heart health.
- Complete Lipid Panel Screening (High Cholesterol) – This test measures your total
cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and HDL (good) cholesterol. More frequent testing may be required if your healthcare provider determines that you’re at an increased risk for heart disease or stroke.
- BMI Assessment – This measurement tells you and your physician whether you’re at a healthy body weight and composition. This can indicate if you are at higher risk for health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, and more.
- Glucose Screening – High blood glucose levels put you at greater risk of developing diabetes. Untreated, this can lead to many serious medical problems including heart disease and stroke.
- High Blood Pressure Screening – One of the most important screenings in our exam, high blood pressure can go undetected for long periods of time. High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke and should be checked every two years.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) – An EKG measures how long the electrical wave takes to pass through your heart. This shows your doctor whether the electrical activity is normal or slow, fast or irregular. An EKG can determine if a heart attack has occurred, and help predict if one is developing.
Preparing for Your Visit
- Prior to your visit, you will need to fast for four to eight hours. During this time you’ll be able to drink water. However, avoid caffeinated drinks since caffeine can affect your heart rate.
- During the scan, you will be asked to lie down on a table, so you may want to wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will also need to remove any jewelry and other metal items from your body, such as piercings.
- After the test, you will be able drive yourself home. There is no need to arrange for transportation.