HeartCare – FAQs
What You May Not Know
Even if you do not have a family history of heart disease, you may be experiencing non-traditional risk factors such as high levels of lipoprotein (a) that may greatly increase your risk of experiencing a heart attack. In other words, you may be at risk of heart disease and not know it.
Questions About Heart Disease
1. How do I know if I have heart disease?
2. What is the significance of my family medical history?
3. My body scan or heart scan showed calcified plaque in my coronary arteries. What does this mean?
4. What is the difference between “good” and “bad” cholesterol?
5. I don’t eat a lot of cholesterol; why is mine still high?
Questions About Blood
1. What is the difference between advanced lipid testing and the usual blood tests?
2. Do I have to have advanced blood work done and an electron-beam CT scan before I can see Dr. Wong?
3. What is plaque and what causes it?
Questions About Treatments
1. Aren’t statin drugs sufficient for most people to prevent heart attacks?
2. If I have had a heart attack, what kind of follow-up treatment is necessary?
3. Why can’t I just have a stent or bypass when I need one?
4. How are Dr. Wong’s diet, exercise, and lifestyle recommendations different from what most doctors advise?
1. What is preventive cardiology?
2. What does Dr. Wong do that is different from what most cardiologists do?
3. If I am happy with my current primary-care doctor and/or cardiologist, why should I see Dr. Wong?
4. What limitations does HeartCare have on insurance?