Preventing heart disease begins with understanding the individual’s risk for developing heart disease. A thorough history to understand one’s health risks, as well as family history is paramount. An analysis of who each individual is makes prevention unique to each person. An assessment of risk factors including blood pressure, cholesterol, pre-diabetes, the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, inflammation, vitamin deficiencies, smoking, overweight and obesity, lifestyle issues including stress and exercise, and family history are all part of the analysis.
Baseline studies such as electrocardiograms and echocardiograms are performed in the office. Stress testing, including echo stress testing, may also be performed to look for any heart abnormalities or to determine the best exercise prescription to begin a successful exercise program.