Whether you have a family history of heart disease, or if you’ve developed some risk factors over the years, it’s time to start taking care of your heart. The practitioners at Advanced Medical Center in Baltimore and Roland Park use state-of-the-art equipment to screen you for cardiovascular issues and help resolve any potential red flags. Because your heart health shouldn’t have to wait another day, call the office or book your appointment online. The team at this integrated medical clinic offer flexible scheduling options, even for new patients.
While anyone can develop cardiovascular disease at any age, you do have a higher risk in some cases. You’re more likely to develop heart problems if you:
· Are over age 50
· Have a family history of heart disease
· Currently or have a history of smoking
· Are overweight or obese
· Have high cholesterol
· Have high blood pressure
· Are diabetic
· Do not exercise regularly
· Suffer or have suffered from chronic pain
Yes! If any of the above risk factors apply to you, it’s time for an evaluation for cardiovascular health and risk assessment. The practitioners at Advanced Medical Center specialize in using the Advanced Medical Centers vital systems assessment testsTM, to potentially evaluate your cardiovascular function. The applicable tests, as determined by the Advanced Medical Center medical staff, can include the following:
Heart rate variability test. This measures your heart’s rhythm during a gentle series of functional and dynamic maneuvers. HRV has been shown to be the ONLY predictor of sudden cardiac arrest for which there are no other symptoms or reliable tests. Research done as part of the Framingham Study highlight the effectiveness of this test.
Pulse wave velocity test. This test can effectively measure parasympathetic and sympathetic balance within your blood vessels. It also can measure the elasticity of your blood vessels which can correlate to plaquing, stiffening, thinning or smooth muscle relaxation. In some cases, a lowered pulse wave can be indicative of certain sedative medications or a malfunctioning sympathetic nervous system such as adrenal fatigue.
The sudomotor function test, the third test, checks your nervous system. It points out neuropathies, or painful nerve abnormalities, which can be signs of damage from diabetes or other pathologies. In combination, these tests can provide early warning for cardiovascular and nervous system conditions, long before other more invasive tests.