General Cardiology Conditions Treated
- Chest pain/discomfort
- Coronary artery disease
- Preventive cardiology
General Cardiology Procedures
- Holter monitors
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common cause of mortality in the United States. Atherosclerotic heart disease often starts at a very young age, but symptoms may not be detected until much later in life. Sometimes, the first symptom of heart disease is a heart attack or death. Once symptoms are present the disease is harder to reverse than it would have been to prevent.
Using the conventional risk factor approach to prevention excludes many patients who could benefit from prevention strategies. The global risk approach provides more accurate estimates to guide clinical prevention therapies. Global risk assessment calculates your absolute risk of having a coronary heart disease event (e.g., death, heart attack) over a specified period.
It combines major risk factors, such as blood pressure, age, gender and cholesterol levels. Patients who know their risk level are more likely to participate in risk-reducing therapies. These risk factor-based therapies have resulted in a 50% reduction in deaths from CHD in the past 30 years. Unfortunately, about 65% of people at increased risk of cardiovascular disease are not using proven therapies.