What can a cardiologist do for me?
Cardiologists study, diagnose, and treat conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. They use medicines to monitor and prevent cardiovascular (heart-related) diseases and play a crucial role in research.
Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide – Kantar Health
What can I do to maintain my heart health?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women and men in the US. With shared knowledge and confidence, we can recognize the signs and take informed action.
What should I ask my doctor?
- What are my risk factors for heart disease or vascular disease?
- What can I do to support my heart health?
- Is there anything I should be watching for?
- What is the next step?
- Does heart health impact my risk for COVID?
- How much are tests and how can I be sure my insurance covers the cost?
Are there any guidelines? Can I avoid the problem?
Cholesterol Screening Guidelines
Women with known risk factors relating to coronary heart disease, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, should start screening at age 20. Women with no known risk factors are encouraged to start cholesterol screening at age 45. If your screening shows that you have normal cholesterol levels, you do not need to have the test repeated for a period of five years.
When possible, we encourage you to have open conversations with family members about the medical history of your family and share family history with your doctors.
Blood Pressure Screening Guidelines:
Adults aged up to and including 40 years and persons at increased risk for high blood pressure should be screened annually.
Adults aged 18 to 39 years with normal blood pressure (< 130/85 mm Hg) who do not have other risk factors should be rescreened every 3 to 5 years.
Supporting Source: heart.org