In America, heart disease accounts for one of every four deaths. Cardiovascular screening is a quick and effective way to learn more about the overall health of your heart and your risk for heart disease. At Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC, in Niles, Illinois, internal medicine physician Dr. Zhadovich and family physician Alex Kostiv, MD, proudly offer cardiovascular screenings to patients of all ages. Make your appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
Cardiovascular screenings are important because they provide key insights regarding the health and overall function of your heart.
Many cardiovascular problems including high blood pressure and cholesterol present few obvious symptoms. As a result, many people are living with heart-related health problems and don’t even realize it.
Cardiovascular screenings can alert you to potential problems and prevent them from getting worse. Cardiovascular screenings also help the team at Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC monitor the success of treatment regimens such as lifestyle modifications and prescription medications.
Your Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC provider checks your blood pressure and heart rate every time you attend an annual physical. If your numbers aren’t too high, basic tests are likely enough.
However, if you have a family history of heart problems, or you’ve been diagnosed with a cardiovascular condition, the team might recommend more frequent or stringent screening procedures.
The team at Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC offers an array of cardiovascular screenings, including:
High blood pressure significantly increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke. It also presents very few obvious symptoms. The American Heart Association (AMA) defines a healthy blood pressure reading as anything at or below 120/80 mm Hg. If your numbers are higher, your provider may recommend lifestyle modifications or prescription medication.
A cholesterol screening monitors your levels of total cholesterol, bad (LDL) cholesterol, and good (HDL) cholesterol. High cholesterol readings can indicate an increased risk of heart disease or stroke.
Your Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC provider might also weigh you and measure your waist circumference to determine your body mass index or BMI. A BMI over 30 means you’re obese, a medical condition that increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and congestive heart failure.
A blood glucose test measures your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar is the first sign of diabetes, a chronic disease that affects the way your body produces insulin. Left untreated, diabetes significantly increases your risk of heart problems.
During your appointment, your doctor will also ask about your lifestyle habits. Make sure to share openly and honestly. If you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol frequently, it’s important to disclose this information. Lifestyle changes like quitting smoking can significantly lower your risk of heart-related health problems in the future.
Your cardiovascular health matters. If it’s been more than a year since your last blood pressure reading, make an appointment at Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.