Do you have high blood pressure? Are you taking medicines and are you sure it well controlled?
Hypetension is a very common problem and is what we call in medicine the “silent” killer. Most people walk around without any symtpoms. Eventually it becomes so uncontrolled that their first presentation is a stroke. A stroke can be very life changing. It can lead to loss of quality of life and many changes. That is why it is so important to treat your blood pressure and have it well controlled. Other complications of high blood pressure includes heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, blindness and many others. Very common symptom of poorly controlled blood pressure is headaches that people believe is due to stress. Other symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and many others.
Blood pressure goal is usally to be less than 140/90 for most patients. Diabetics should actually be less than that at 130/80. Blood pressure may require more than one medicine to control. Sometimes when you are on multiple medicines and your blood pressure is still not controlled there may be other secondary causes to your high blood pressure.
If you have high blood pressure and you are not sure if it is well controlled, then I recommend you come visit with us and let us help you. We even have a nurse clinic that will allow you to get blood pressure checks and follow up on your medications. There are several cheap, generic medications that are very effective in treating your blood pressure and reducing your risk of all the complications of HYPERTENSION . Do not let such a simple thing lead you to have major life changing complications. We look forward to seeing you.
DO YOU NEED A STRESS TEST?
Do you have risk factors for heart disease? Are you having chest pain? Are you having shortness of breath out of the ordinary for you? Risk factors for heart disease include many things such as High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking and many others.
Stress testing can be very helpful identifying whether or not you have any heart disease such as blockages in the arteries that go to your heart. There are several different types of stress tests. They all include EKG monitoring, however some include images and some are just done using the EKG. They all have advantages and disadvantages. However, depending on the patient, one type of stress test may be more suitable than others. Also, some people have difficulty walking on the treadmill for stress tests and therefore, we have alternative ways of doing the stress test without the need to walk on the treadmill.
The advantage to coming to complete cardiology care and having your stress test done is that we offer convienient Saturday morning stress test slots. We offer all types of stress testing including treadmill EKG tests, stress echocardiograms and nuclear stress tests.
Also, we are much cheaper than trying to do it at the hospital. Hospitals charges are higher and therefore, you deductible portion is higher. In the office, our charges are lower and therefore less out of pocket expense for you.
Has someone asked you to get a stress test? Or do you think you need a stress test? Give us a call and come visit us and will take excellent care of you. Will accomodate same day or next day appointments
ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM
Do you have any of the following:
1) Family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm
2) Smoking either history or currently smoking
3) High cholesterol
4) High blood pressure
6) Male Gender
7) Age 60 or above
All these are risk factors for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. This disease causes the walls of your aorta which is the big vessel that runs down the middle of your body and gives off all the arteries that feed all the organs in your body blood, to become very weak and can eventually rupture if not repaired. If you have an aneurysm that is above 5.5 cm then it must be repaired.
Now at complete cardiology care, we can tell you the size of your aorta in just 3 mins with a simple ultrasound. It is covered by insurance as well. If you have any of these risk factors and want to check on your aorta, give us a call and come by.