Cardiac Health services offered in Alexandria and Lansdowne, VA
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The team of board-certified practitioners at CN Internal Medicine in Alexandria and Lansdowne, Virginia, take a preventive and proactive approach to medicine, offering cardiac health screenings and management. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about cardiac health services at CN Internal Medicine. Telemedicine appointments are available.
Cardiac Health Q&A
What is cardiac health?
Cardiac health refers to the structure and function of your heart. Heart disease is common in the United States but not inevitable. Taking steps to improve cardiac health can lower your risk of heart disease and increase the length and quality of your life. CN Internal Medicine is a primary care practice that specializes in preventive care. They provide cardiac health evaluations and treatment to benefit your heart and general health.
Who needs a cardiac health evaluation?
Your adult primary care provider at CN Internal Medicine determines if you need a cardiac health evaluation. If you have a health condition like diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), or high cholesterol, they’ll recommend assessing the health of your heart and blood vessels. They might also suggest a cardiac health evaluation if you have a history of heart problems and they want to assess the effectiveness of your treatment plan. You could also benefit from a cardiac health evaluation if you have a family history of heart problems.
What are some of the cardiac health screenings?
The CN Internal Medicine team uses many tests to screen your cardiac health and risk of disease. Testing can include: Blood pressure readings Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, raises your risk of heart attack and stroke. The team checks your blood pressure every time you come in for a visit. Lipid profile The lipid profile is a fasting blood test measuring cholesterol and triglyceride levels in your blood. High cholesterol puts you at risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), one of the most common heart diseases. CAD narrows or blocks the arteries in your heart. Blood glucose numbers The CN Internal Medicine team checks blood glucose levels to screen for prediabetes and diabetes. These conditions also affect heart health and increase your risk of a heart attack. Electrocardiogram (EKG) An EKG measures the electrical activity in your heart. The team performs an EKG to look for signs of a heart attack or an abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia). The CN Internal Medicine team uses the results from your cardiac evaluation to create a plan to improve heart health. The plan can include:
- Referral to their nutrition services
- Medication to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Referral to a cardiac specialist
Call CN Internal Medicine today or schedule your cardiac health evaluation online.