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Are you at increased risk of stroke or heart attack??
Cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer of both men and women in the United States, despite significant advances in detection and treatment over the past half century. Unfortunately, societal lifestyle trends are counteracting these gains, challenging our health care system, and adversely affecting quality of life. We are beginning to see younger and younger patients present with the ravages of cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association recently estimated that the incidence of Heart Failure, often the end result of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart attack, will increase by 40% over the next 15 years!
Many cardiovascular conditions and risks remain asymptomatic and go undiagnosed for years, costing patients valuable time that could be otherwise used to aggressively treat and reverse disease. Unfortunately, much of the US healthcare model operates in a reactive rather than proactive fashion,- waiting to initiate and emphasize significant lifestyle changes, medications, and supplements until symptoms occur or disease becomes clinically manifested. Our medical system is well-practiced at TREATING disease at this stage, but most providers fail to embrace PREVENTION. What we need is a change in paradigm.
Wonderful groups such as the American Society of Preventive Cardiology are seeking to raise awareness of the need to identify and intervene at earlier stages in the spectrum of cardiovascular disease, and their message is gaining in popularity. Unfortunately, the general public is not yet reaping the benefits. Conventional Risk assessment tools are frequently inaccurate in assessing a person’s overall cardiovascular risk. “The good news is that there now exists significantly enhanced capability to “look into one’s cardiovascular future – enabling the identification of patients who might otherwise be on a path to an adverse cardiovascular event (heart attack, stroke, loss of limb), and potentially avert these possible outcomes with early intervention and often less invasive forms of treatment.
In addition to identifying disease, this approach can also provide valuable peace of mind and avoid unnecessary treatments. Preventive Cardiology of NY is capable of identifying cardiovascular health risk often up to one to two decades before some of our colleagues, with testing that is state-of-the-art, highly accurate, and generally non-invasive. I invite you to schedule an appointment and potentially change your life.