Heart screenings are like a checkup for your heart. They are a way for our doctors to catch any heart trouble early on, when it’s easiest to treat. Many heart conditions have no symptoms, or symptoms that you can mistake for something else, so heart disease can remain undiagnosed for years.
Screenings are a simple and painless way to detect heart disease so you can get the treatment you need.
Watch cardiologist Mark Vesely, MD, explain how your heart functions similarly to a house:
Heart Screenings: Who Should Get Them?
Our heart specialists can help you decide which heart screenings you should get and at what age you should start. To plan your screening schedule, we will take many factors into account, including your age, health and family history of heart disease.
Some general guidelines for heart screenings:
- Cholesterol: Adults age 25 and older should get screened
- Diabetes: Screenings should begin in your 20s
- High blood pressure: Screenings should begin in your 20s
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What Types of Heart Screenings are Available?
Our Center for Preventive Cardiology evaluates you not only for the presence of heart disease, but also for all cardiovascular diseases. We want to screen any area where you may possibly have a blockage, including the legs and kidneys. We look at the whole patient, not just the heart. Learn more about our Center for Preventive Cardiology.
Our noninvasive screenings include:
- Carotid arteries
- Coronary arteries
- Peripheral artery disease/peripheral vascular disease
- Renal artery stenosis
Genetic Screening for Heart Disease
University of Maryland Heart and Vascular Center is among the first in the country to offer a genetic screening in combination with screening tests to try to identify individuals who may be at increased risk for early coronary disease. Learn more about cardiogenetic testing. In addition, our patients also have the opportunity to enroll in some of our new clinical trials.
What Happens After a Heart Screening?
After screening patients, our physicians and staff work on modifying your specific risk factors in order to prevent the onset or progression of cardiovascular disease. We make sure you get to your goal, using a combination of:
- Lifestyle modifications
- Exercise therapy
- Diet modification
We offer both individual and group therapies to help with diet, food preparation, weight control and smoking cessation.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call 1-866-408-6885.