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Heart and Vascular Screenings

Heart and Vascular Screenings

Heart and Vascular Screenings

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - and that’s especially true for heart disease. Conquering heart disease begins with prevention and early detection.

Health Screenings

Knowing your risk is the first step to preventing or treating heart disease. From basic blood pressure and cholesterol tests to screening tests using imaging technology, PinnacleHealth is your partner in managing your cardiovascular health.

Cardiac Risk Assessment

PinnacleHealth’s Cardiac Risk Assessment Program gives you a way to assess the current health of your heart. Screening programs are for both men and women and cover a wide range of services, including:

  • Calculating body mass index (BMI)
  • Checking blood glucose levels
  • Discussing family history
  • Receiving a nurse consultation
  • Taking a lifestyle assessment
  • Testing lipid profile (HDL, LDL and total cholesterol, and triglycerides)

Cardiac risk assessments are held at our various community events. 

Coronary Calcium Scoring

If you have a high risk of heart disease but no obvious symptoms, your healthcare provider may recommend a Coronary Calcium Screening (CCS). This is a five-minute test that uses computed tomography (CT) imaging technology to detect buildup of calcium and plaque in the walls of the arteries in your heart. Click here to learn more about Coronary Calcium Scoring.

Vascular Screenings

Are you at risk for vascular disease? Carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), and ankle/brachial index (ABI) screenings are offered by appointment only. Click here to learn more. 

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Lowering Your Risk

After you’ve undergone screenings and the measurements are available, your primary care physician will schedule an appointment to discuss them with you. The two of you will discuss ways to help you achieve better health.

Depending on your calculated risk and the extent of calcified plaque found during screenings, your doctor may recommend lifestyle modifications or medical intervention. Lifestyle modifications may include dietary changes, weight reduction, increased exercise and smoking cessation. Medications also may be prescribed.

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