Curiosity may have killed the cat but it may just save your life. People like yourself in the surrounding Plano, TX area are often curious about their health. You may feel well, but have a family history of cardiac disease. You may have neglected your health and now want to turn yourself around and do what you can to stay well. Embarking on a new exercise routine may be healthful, but if you have been inactive for a long time or if you have some symptoms suggestive of cardiac disease it is best to get checked by your cardiologist before starting. In every case it is important to know your risk factors.
Your Plano, TX cardiologist will evaluate you for the presence of cardiac risk factors. These include but are not limited to:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)
- Tobacco abuse
- Family history of cardiac disease
- Physical inactivity
The presence of chronic inflammation is also a cardiac risk factor. If any testing, such as lipid profiling or stress testing, is needed your cardiologist can order this. Coronary calcium scoring with a simple low cost CT scan can alert you to the presence of early or advanced coronary disease
While the risk factors of age, family history and gender are beyond one’s control, armed with the knowledge of your health situation there are ways you can work to improve your health and longevity. If you feel that you are at risk or just want to know where you stand feel free to call the practice and schedule a consultation with the doctor.
If you are looking for more information on cardiovascular disease risk factors, I suggest viewing the information provided by the National Heart Institute.