The leading cause of death among males in the United States is heart disease, but in many cases patients are not aware of their risk until extensive damage to the heart and circulatory system has occurred. Fortunately, with regular medical screenings, you can be aware of your heart health and make positive changes to improve the strength of the most valuable muscle in your body. Here are some of the tests that your physician may recommend to assess your heart disease risk:
- EKG: Also called an echocardiogram, this test measures the electrical activity of your heart. The heart pumps blood in response to electric signals transported through the nervous system, which can be monitored through electrodes that are placed on the chest for about 10-15 minutes. The reading produced from the test identifies irregularities in the heartbeat that could indicate certain problems. An EKG may be used during an exercise stress test for a more comprehensive view of your heart’s regular activity.
- Blood Pressure: Every time you visit the doctor, your blood pressure is taken. High blood pressure, or hypertension, means that your heart is working much harder than it should to distribute blood to your organs, and your whole body may be suffering. Almost all Americans experience hypertension at some point because there are so many causes associated with it, including stress, a high fat diet, and smoking.
- Cholesterol: A simple blood test can show the levels of cholesterol in your body, which will help your doctor determine your risk for harmful blockages in the blood vessels. LDL cholesterol, which is known as bad cholesterol, can build up in the arteries and restrict blood from reaching vital areas of the body. In time, cholesterol can fully block arteries, leading to a heart attack or angina.
By incorporating these basic tests into your health care routine, you can greatly improve your cardiac health. Schedule an appointment with ProPartnersMD for your next heart screening by calling (877) 342-7709. We are focused on a comprehensive approach to men’s health to help you stay fit and strong.