Although it sounds like a single condition, heart disease (also known as cardiovascular disease) is actually a whole range of diseases that affect the function and health of your heart. Heart problems that fall under this category include:
Although the names and specific symptoms differ, heart disease always leads to some type of blockage that impairs blood flow to the heart. When blood flow is impaired, it can cause chest pain, stroke, or heart attack. Even though heart disease is very serious and presents a real health risk, it’s often preventable and treatable.
The most common symptom of coronary artery disease is chest pain (angina). You might feel persistent discomfort, heaviness, burning, or a squeezing sensation in your chest. Other symptoms include:
A heart attack and stroke prevention plan
Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (bike stress test) is used to assess heart and lung function in real-time during exercise. This test helps doctors identify abnormal heart symptoms years before symptoms actually occur. It also quantifies your peak exercise capacity which is considered the most important factor when it comes to predicting cardiovascular risks.
Advanced Lipid Testing is another method Dr. Baksh uses to develop patient-specific treatment plans. Determining your cholesterol levels and assessing risk factors at the microvascular level helps her get a more accurate picture of your future risk for heart disease.
Corus Technology is a more recent test used at Healthy Steps to get a score that quantifies your risk factors for obstructive coronary heart disease.
Cardiovascular disease isn’t something that can be cured overnight, but Healthy Steps works with you to make the changes you need to improve your heart health and over time, minimize the risk of heart attack or stroke.
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