Celebrate Heart Health Month With Our Advanced, Ultra-Prevention Heart Screening

Heart health has come a long way in the last 50 years. In fact, deaths from cardiovascular disease have plummeted by 70%. But it’s still the leading cause of death for women and men, so we need to stay vigilant. In the age of personalized and customized treatment plans, why not leave a legacy of optimal health by getting yourself tested first? So many clues lie in your personal and family history, in blood tests investigating advanced cholesterol, inflammation and even genetics. Our experienced team knows how to use this information to assess, address and prevent the underlying root causes so that heart attacks and strokes can not only be prevented in you, but also your family. 

And that’s where we come in. Dr. Shahan Chowdhury and our team at Integrative Health & Heart and Integrative Skin ID specialize in detecting heart problems and even the likelihood of future heart problems. Our goal is to collaborate with you and give you the best chance of beating recurrence of heart disease or avoiding it altogether.

To do that, we offer the most advanced tests using the latest technology to give you a comprehensive look at your heart health and beyond. We call it ultra-prevention screening, and here’s what you need to know. 

How is ultra-prevention screening different?

Most basic screenings administered by physicians include a routine blood test, urinalysis, lung check, and blood pressure reading. The normal extent of a heart check-up generally only includes a stethoscope to listen for any irregularities. 

But, our ultra-prevention screening covers much more. 

We use ultrasound technology to get a visual on the thickness of your artery walls, use blood tests to assess how much fire is burning in your body in the form of inflammation testing, and scan your heart for coronary calcium - hardening of soft cholesterol plaque. We have partnered with our dental colleagues to put out the quiet fire that could be raging in your mouth, even though you brush, floss and rinse your mouth daily.  Our list of screenings is comprehensive and covers every aspect of your heart health - from your head to your toes.

What does ultra-prevention screening detect?

One of the best things about our ultra-prevention screening is that it’s detailed and specific to YOU. It helps us detect, understand and often prevent several serious medical conditions by identifying your risk for them. Knowing how other medical conditions may negatively impact your chances of heart attacks and strokes is valuable information in the big fight.   In addition to heart disease, these include:

Stroke

When you have a blood clot that blocks blood from flowing to your brain (ischemic stroke), or you have bleeding in your brain due to uncontrolled blood pressure (hemorrhagic stroke), you may experience symptoms of stroke. This interruption in proper blood supply to your brain may cause only mild consequences, like a TIA transient ischemic stroke or minor neurological deficits. If treated quickly, it may even be reversed, or it may cause devastating brain damage and long-lasting effects on your daily activities. 

Dental Health

Your mouth may sparkle white, but unless you look for the silent pathogens quietly driving inflammation by checking oral DNA, you may not realize how much risk it may be putting you under if left untreated.

Thyroid disorders

Your thyroid is a small gland at the base of your neck that releases hormones responsible for your metabolism. If your thyroid is overactive, underactive, chronically inflamed, or malfunctioning in any way, you may experience a host of symptoms from weight gain or loss, anxiety or depression, vision problems, skin and hair changes, and even heart problems. Did you know that there may be a connection between your gut and your thyroid?

Gut Microbiome

The digestive system, especially the colon, is thought to be the second brain and where immunity can be strengthened or weakened.  This is a stone, if left unturned, can leave behind many clues to fight the war on inflammation. t

Kidney disease

You need your kidneys to filter your blood and remove the waste through urine. If they aren’t healthy, you aren’t healthy. Our ultra-prevention screening can find signs of kidney disease (blood tests, imaging) before you exhibit symptoms so we can get a jump on treatment if need be. 

Peripheral artery disease

Our ultra-prevention screening also detects peripheral artery disease or PAD. In the 30,000 miles of arteries, it is not just inflammation in the heart or the brain that can lead to problems, but also in the blood vessels feeding the legs, feet and toes.  This is a circulatory problem that stems from narrowed or inflamed arteries making it hard for blood to make it to your extremities. Therefore, diseased vessels can also impact your heart and brain, leading to either a heart attack or stroke.

And so much more……

What do you do with the results?

The results of your ultra-prevention screening are as unique as you are. No two tests come back the same. 

We carefully analyze your test results and discuss the best ways to address potential problems and treat existing conditions. Our goal is to help you achieve the highest level of health and wellness possible. Sometimes, that means helping you develop and stick to a weight-loss program. Or, it could involve getting your hormones back in balance. We offer a full spectrum of health and wellness treatments that allow us to customize a treatment plan just for you.

There’s never been a better time to take control of your health. Visit our website today to schedule an appointment and celebrate American Heart Health Month with an ultra-prevention screening.

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