Chances are you’re familiar with well woman visits, six-month dental checkups, and annual physical exams, but have you considered scheduling preventive care for your heart? At Consultants in Cardiology & Electrophysiology, we offer a comprehensive preventive cardiology program designed to assess your risks and catch any worrisome symptoms early enough to prevent cardiovascular disease. If you’re in the Greater Chicago area, contact us to schedule a preventive cardiology appointment at one of our locations.
Preventive cardiology is when you visit the cardiologist before problems arise, so that steps can be taken to keep you healthy and stop heart disease from developing. If problems are uncovered at a preventive visit, then it’s early enough to start treatment to avoid disease progression or a serious event like a heart attack. Primary cardiology prevention focuses on screening for risk factors and symptoms, then creating a plan to treat any concerns.
When you come to Consultants in Cardiology & Electrophysiology for preventive health care, you benefit from cutting-edge technology, a team of leading experts in the field, and the personalized care you’d expect from a small practice.
The first step in preventive care is a thorough risk assessment, which evaluates all the factors that determine your chance of developing heart disease. A risk assessment includes:
The advantage of participating in preventive cardiac care at Consultants in Cardiology & Electrophysiology is that advanced cardiovascular tests are available on site if your physical exam or lab tests raise any red flags. If your doctor uncovers worrisome symptoms or you’re at a high risk for heart disease, a variety of tests may be performed including:
What happens after your preventive visit depends on the results of your exam and tests. You’ll receive treatment for any problem that’s diagnosed, and we may want to work with you to develop an individualized risk reduction plan, which outlines actions you should take to lower your risk for cardiovascular disease.
A risk reduction plan includes guidelines for areas of concern. Some patients may need to lower their blood pressure or lose weight to reduce their chances for developing heart disease. Even if you’re essentially healthy, there may be lifestyle factors to address. For example, your blood pressure may be just on the verge of being high, so a change in diet or losing weight may prevent hypertension from progressing.
We participate with most local and many national insurance plans. However it is your responsibility to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see, or the services you can receive. If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments for services. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, or other deductible amounts. Please contact our billing office or call your insurance carrier should you have questions.