Heart-Health Screenings - American Heart Association
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Our emphasis on translational research -- or "bench to bedside" medicine -- means that our scientists are working to speed the pace at which new biomedical discoveries are put to effective use in patient care. Because of this standard of innovation, University of Chicago Medicine heart experts can often offer treatments long before they are available elsewhere.
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All of our heart specialists are studying new ways to diagnose and treat heart problems, from state-of-the-art tests and advanced drug therapies, to sophisticated life-saving surgical procedures. In addition, many of our physician-scientists are examining basic questions in molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology and biochemistry, which, in turn, helps set the foundation for novel therapies for many forms of cardiovascular disease. Patients benefit from research therapies such as the use of cancer drugs to treat pulmonary hypertension, gene therapy and next-generation ventricular assist devices for heart failure, and advanced stenting to treat aortic aneurysms.
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Blood pressure is one of the most important screenings because high blood pressure usually has no symptoms so it can’t be detected without being measured. High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. If your blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg, be sure to get it checked at least once every two years, starting at age 20. If your blood pressure is higher, your doctor may want to check it more often. High blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes and/or medication.
Fasting Lipoprotein Profile (cholesterol)
You might have a fasting lipoprotein profile taken every four to six years, starting at age 20. This is a blood test that measures total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. (.) You may need to be more frequently if your healthcare provider determines that you’re at an increased risk for heart disease or stroke.