DETROIT, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During the cold months of the New Year, many people begin new exercise routines or dramatically change their diets as a result of personal New Year resolutions. Before dramatically changing your diet or level of physical activity, St. John Providence physicians recommend consulting with your doctor and getting your heart checked. There is no better time than during National Heart Month in February for a simple screening that could save your life.
St. John Providence's Heart and Vascular Screening Clinic provides a full panel of tests that can identify cardiovascular disease even if you have no symptoms. The comprehensive screening is usually available for $75 but during heart month, St. John Providence is offering this package of seven simple, non-invasive tests for only $60 if you call during February to schedule your appointment anytime during the year.
The diagnostic studies include:
- Blood work for cholesterol and diabetes
- Blood pressure check
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Ankle brachial index (ABI), which shows how well blood is flowing to the limbs
- Carotid ultrasound to show blood flow to the brain
- Abdominal aorta ultrasound to check for aneurysm
"Many heart and vascular problems are caused by the build-up of plaque in the arteries that carry blood to the brain, abdominal organs, arms and legs. That condition is known as atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis, which can lead to heart attack, stroke and other serious problems, states Dr. Shukri David, physician chair, St. John Providence Heart & Vascular Center of Excellence.
The entire series of tests takes approximately one hour, and the results are used to develop an individual coronary risk profile. Shortly after the clinic visit, patients will receive a follow-up mailing with a risk profile and the test results to review with their primary care physician.
"Early diagnosis is important in helping to prevent the consequences of vascular disease because patients frequently show no signs or symptoms. For many people, the first sign of a problem is a major vascular event, such as heart attack, stroke or ruptured aneurysm," says Dr. Thomas LaLonde, chief of cardiology, St. John Hospital and Medical Center."
The Heart and Vascular Screening is offered at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Providence Hospital, Providence Park Hospital, St. John Macomb Hospital and St. John River District Hospital. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 866-501-DOCS (3627).
SOURCE St. John Providence Health System