Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women. Approximately 80 million adults have one or more types of cardiovascular disease.
Our doctors in non-invasive cardiology give you the basics you need to know about heart care. VCS physicians focused on the initial assessment/diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, the management of heart disease and controlling risk factors to avoid future heart disease problems. Non-invasive cardiologists do not perform operative procedures; they perform diagnostic tests to identify heart problems and have special expertise in cardiac imaging modalities. Common tests include echocardiograms, stress tests, electrocardiograms and CT angiography.
VCS non-invasive cardiologist will focus on your risk factors. We know that you may be unable to control all of the major risk factors such as age and family history, but there are still things you can do! We recommend that you adopt these heart friendly changes in your lifestyle to decrease your odds of developing cardiovascular disease:
- Get Active
- Eat a heart healthy diet
- Do not smoke
- Maintain a healthy weight
- See your primary care doctor on a regular basis, share your family history, and have regular blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes screenings.
VCS physicians believe in preventing heart disease just as strongly as they believe in diagnosing and treating it. Early identification of cardiovascular disease plays an important role in prevention. It gives you and your primary care doctor valuable information to develop a lifestyle and treatment plan, if necessary.
VCS has proven its commitment to prevention by being early adaptors of technology that has saved countless lives over the last several years. "We believe we have improved the process to identify cardiovascular disease," says Dr. Shelton Thomas of VCS. "As a direct result of our screenings, many patients will realize benefits five to ten years from now. They will have received treatment early on, made 'heart friendly' changes in their lifestyles, and their odds of cardiovascular disease will have decreased significantly."
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