Cardiac Risk Assessment and Prevention
By Grand Rapids Cardiology
October 23, 2018
Category: Cardiology

Heart ProblemsCardiac conditions affect over 84 million Americans according to the American Heart Association and almost half of Americans have at least one risk factor according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is one of the top health concerns for American adults. Visit Grand Rapids Cardiology in Grand Rapids, MI for a cardiac risk assessment and details on how you can prevent heart problems. 

What is a Cardiac Risk Assessment?
The purpose of a cardiac risk assessment is to determine your current heart health and evaluate your likelihood of developing a heart problem or “cardiovascular event.” You’re rating on a scale from slight to high risk. The evaluation includes a blood test, blood pressure checks, an EKG, stress test, and a series of questions about your medical history and lifestyle choices. One of the questions your doctor will ask is if you have a family history of heart problems or cardiovascular diseases. Age and the diagnosis of other medical conditions, like diabetes, may also raise a patient’s risk.

Preventing Cardiovascular Problems
The result of your cardiac risk assessment will let your doctor know what steps to take to help you prevent heart-related issues. These are some of the treatments that may be suggested when you visit Grand Rapids Cardiology in Grand Rapids, MI:

- Medication to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Dietary counseling to promote weight loss.
- Stent placement in case of vessel blockages.
- Bypass surgery in cases of advanced heart disease.

Heart Health Tips
Your cardiologist is a great resource when it comes to keeping your heart healthy, but there are also actions you can take daily to reduce your risk of cardiac problems:

- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, even if it’s just a walk around your local park.
- Avoid excessive alcohol and tobacco use.
- Reduce stress by observing self-care techniques.

Call for an Examination
Take a bold step toward good heart health and go to Grand Rapids Cardiology in Grand Rapids, MI for a cardiac risk assessment. Call (616) 717-5141 today for an appointment with Dr. Ronald Vanderlaan.