The Prevention Clinic at Heartsouth provides individualized therapeutic options for you by addressing solutions to correct high-risk behaviors in addition to using state of the art medical diagnostic treatments. Call 601-296-3156 to schedule your appointment.

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Carotid Intimal-Medial Thickness: A CIMT is measured by ultrasound. To help estimate your risk for cardiovascular disease, the thickness of the first two layers of your carotid artery wall is measured. Plaque buildups in the arteries may become large enough to reduce blood flow thus increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other vascular problems.

AAA: Can be detected through an ultrasound screening in which a sensor is glided over the stomach to view images of the aorta. AAA is a blood-filled bulge or ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the artery that carries blood away from the heart to the lower part of the body. Over time, the aneurysm can become weak and rupture. This can lead to severe pain, massive internal bleeding, or even sudden death. These exams also measure the size of the AAA, a key step in identifying the best treatment option.

Carotid Doppler Ultrasound: This is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to measure the flow of blood through the large carotid arteries that supply blood to the brain. These arteries can narrow due to arteriosclerosis or other causes and this can lead to a mini-stroke or a stroke. This test can help doctors to determine stroke risk and help determine preventive measures.

Ejection fraction: This is most commonly measured during an echocardiogram. This painless and noninvasive test uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to get a picture of the four heart chambers and the four heart valves. An ejection fraction is one of the measurements used by physicians to assess how well a patient’s heart is functioning. “Ejection” refers to the amount of blood that is pumped out of the heart’s main pumping chamber during each heartbeat. “Fraction” refers to the fact that, even in a healthy heart, some blood always remains within this chamber after each heartbeat. Therefore an ejection fraction is a percentage of the blood within the chamber that is pumped out with every heartbeat. An EF of 55-75% is considered normal.

Lipid Screening: Is a blood test that can help determine risk of coronary heart disease. They are tests that have been shown to be good indicators of whether someone is likely to have a heart attack or stroke caused by blockage of blood vessels or hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). The lipid profile typically includes: Total cholesterol, High density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), Low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and triglycerides.

PAD Screen: The ABI is the best test for finding out if you have PAD. It uses sound waves to find out if there is reduced blood flow in the arteries. It also compares the blood pressure in your ankles with the blood pressure in your arms. PAD is short for peripheral arterial disease. People have PAD when the arteries in their legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, or plaque.

Rhythm Strip: Rhythm strips are another way to monitor your heart’s patterns. They are used if you have very slow or very rapid heart rates and the normal EKG doesn’t provide enough information.

Valvular Heart Disease: Valvular heart disease is when the heart’s valves do not function properly. This is caused by either calcification or some other injury to the heart. Symptoms of valvular heart disease may include weakness upon exertion, rapid heartbeat, chest discomfort or fainting. Valves can be replaced surgically or they can be repaired using a non-surgical technique called balloon valvuloplasty.

 

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Berkeley HeartLab offers a panel of tests that can detect inherited abnormalities that are beyond the reach of conventional HDL and LDL analysis. For the first time, a comprehensive panel of tests can be run that helps doctors to personalize treatment that halts and in some cases reverses the progression of heart disease. Berkeley HeartLab patients also have access to the 4myheart Program for cardiovascular disease reduction.