Detection and Prevention

Detection and Prevention In Content graphicMost people don't realize that cardiovascular disease (CVD) claims more lives each year than all forms of cancer and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease combined. Statistics for CVD are grim. The American Heart Association (AHA)Off Site Icon estimates that 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular (CVD) each day – that's an average of one death every 40 seconds. The good news? According to the AHA, close to 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable. Education, preventive care, and early detection can make a difference.

Choices we make every day influence our well-being. By knowing our family history and making heart healthy lifestyle decisions, we may be able to delay the onset or even prevent cardiovascular disease. Understanding some of the most common heart conditions may help us recognize early signs and symptoms of heart trouble in our own health or those we love. Regular screenings, scheduled well check-ups with our health care providers, and good dental hygiene can help us  live full and healthy lives.

Keep in the swing of life. Take the right steps to keep your heart healthy with preventive care and early detection.

Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?

Risk factors are conditions or choices that increase the likelihood of developing heart and vascular disease. Some we can control and some we cannot. Risk factors include:

Take a cardiovascular risk assessment and speak with your health care provider about decreasing your risks for heart disease.

Community Seminars, Screenings, and Special Events

Throughout the year, Premier Health offers a variety of educational programs and heart health screenings to increase awareness and encourage healthy decision-making. See our web calendar to learn more about upcoming seminars, screenings, and special events.

Premier HeartWorks

Through a variety of assessments and advanced screenings, Premier HeartWorks can provide a “snapshot” of your heart's health and help identify hidden cardiovascular problems. We offer convenient and affordable programs to evaluate your risks for heart attack and stroke . For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Premier HeartWorks at (937) 438-LIVE (5483)(937) 438-5483.

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

Premier Health Heart CT - Find Heart Disease Before It Finds You

Unfortunately, in its earliest and most treatable stages, heart disease rarely reveals itself through symptoms. According to the American Heart Association, approximately every 40 seconds an American will have a heart attack. For many people, a heart attack is their first clue of heart trouble.

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women. Does heart disease or stroke run in your family? Have you ever been told your blood pressure or cholesterol levels are too high? Do you smoke? With all of this in mind, you may be wondering how much you’re at risk of having a heart attack. Your concern could be answered by a Premier Health Heart CT, also known as coronary calcium scoring. This is a non-invasive imaging test that takes less than 30 minutes of your time. Don’t wait for chest pain and other symptoms to warn you of trouble – find heart disease before it finds you.

  • No needles. No dyes. No exercise. You don't even have to change your clothes.
  • Cost is $99, payable at the time of your scan
  • The Heart CT can be performed in under 30 minutes
  • Results will be sent to your health care provider
  • Convenient locations from Miami to Butler and Warren Counties

Schedule your appointment for a Heart CT by calling (937) 499-7364(937) 499-7364 or (855) 887-7364(855) 887-7364 (toll free).

Detecting a Problem

Based on your medical history, physical exam, and symptoms, your health care provider may need to take a closer look at your heart's health. One or a combination of these tests may be prescribed to determine a diagnosis.

  • Blood tests: Assess organ function and other conditions that can affect your heart.
  • Cardiac stress test: Shows how well blood flows inside your heart, and how well your heart pumps blood.
  • Chest X-ray: Is used to see if there is fluid build-up in your lungs.
  • Computed tomography angiography or CTA: This technology uses special x-rays to provide detailed pictures of blood vessels. CTA can show blood vessel anatomy, narrowed or blocked areas, and valve location, shape, and size.
  • Coronary angioplasty or cardiac catheterization: During this procedure, a cardiologist inserts a catheter through a blood vessel in your arm or leg, and with the help of a special X-ray machine, gently guides it to your heart. Contrast dye is injected through the catheter and X-ray movies are created as the dye moves through your heart. A cardiac catheterization can detect a narrowed or blocked artery that supplies the heart muscle with oxygen and other nutrients.
  • Echocardiogram or echo: High-frequency sound waves are sent through a transducer that is placed on your chest. This produces pictures of the heart's valves and chambers when they move. An echocardiogram can also provide information about your heart's pumping action by a measurement known as an ejection fraction or EF. In a healthy heart, the ejection fraction is about 55 percent. This means that just over half of the blood filling the ventricle with each cardiac cycle is pumped out with a contraction.
  • Exercise stress echocardiogram: This echo is performed while you exercise to see how your heart works with activity.
  • Transesophageal echo or TEE: This type of echo uses a special tube that is passed into your mouth and down the esophagus; it provides a closer look at your heart.
  • 3D echocardiogram: This echo can display parts of your heart in three dimensions so your cardiologist can more completely measure the size and check the function of your heart and valves.
  • Electrocardiogram or EKG: Records a picture on graph paper of the electrical impulses traveling through your heart muscle, and can be used to detect arrhythmias or heart rhythm disorders in your heart.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI: A large magnet and radio waves are used to produce a picture of the heart's valves and chambers. An MRI can create moving images of the heart as it is pumping and can detect abnormal blood flow through the heart.
  • Vascular ultrasound studies: Use sound waves to create images of blood vessels and determine how well blood flows to and from major organs.

Outpatient Heart Services

Whether you need testing to diagnosis a possible heart condition or rehabilitation after a cardiac incident, Premier Health can help, With an extensive network of outpatient heart services throughout southwest Ohio, we are located near where you live, work, and play. Everyone benefits when there's attentive, high-quality care close to home.

Appointments are made by calling Premier Health's Central Scheduling at (937) 499-7364(937) 499-7364 or (855) 887-7364(855) 887-7364 (toll free).

Be prepared!

Have your medical history, emergency contacts, and list of current medications ready when they are needed. Download a Medical History form and personalize it today.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Not all heart attacks are the same. Some are sudden and dramatic, and leave no doubt that the patient is in trouble. Other heart attacks are subtle and quiet, with little or no pain. Both can cause a lot of damage. Would you recognize a heart attack and be ready to help?

Don’t Give Your Heart to Just Anyone. Trust Premier Health

Improving the quality of your life is at the heart of what we do. Premier Health is proud to provide a wide spectrum of heart and vascular services across southwest Ohio. We offer compassionate, award-winning care designed for positive patient outcomes – with fewer complications, shorter recoveries, and long-lasting benefits. We welcome patients seeking second opinions about their heart and vascular treatment options.

If you or a loved one would like more information about cardiovascular programs and services offered by Premier Health, please call (937) 499-7427(937) 499-7427.

Content Updated: January 12, 2018

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