Do you have symptoms of heart disease like chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats and palpitations or do you suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) or high cholesterol?
At your initial consultation we collect your comprehensive personal medical history including a detailed family history.
We draw your blood in our office and then send it to specialized laboratories for testing. Interpreting the results, we can detect metabolic disorders that can lead to the build up of arterial plaque. Indicators we test for include:
- Total cholesterol level
- LDL (“bad”) cholesterol level & the different subclasses*
- HDL (“good”)cholesterol level & the different subclasses*
- Tryglycerides level
- Apolipoprotein B
- Genetic factors (lipoprotein (a) and apolipoprotein E)
- Vascular and general inflammatory markers
*This information can direct cardioprotective dietary recommendations and medication.
Based upon your lipid profile, heart scan and other diagnostic tests, we develop a customized program of medication, diet, nutrition and exercise with you that can reduce your risk of heart disease by reversing the process of atherosclerosis. We try to minimize the amount of medication required by encouraging you to adopt a healthy lifestyle program. (We have a few patients who cannot or prefer not to take medications and we are still able to achieve progress in reducing cardiovascular risk.) In the rare event that surgery is required; it is usually planned instead of an emergency, greatly improving the chances for the best outcome.
We carefully monitor your compliance to lifestyle recommendations, weight control, and medications against improvements in your blood tests and imaging studies to ensure that progress is being made.
Do you suffer from angina? External counterpulsation therapy (ECP, also known as EECP) is a simple, noninvasive, outpatient treatment for angina. HeartCare incorporates ECP into its array of treatments to reduce the effects of heart disease without surgery or medication. Learn more about ECP here.