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Detection of the Disease That Claimed So Many Celebrities in 2016 Available at Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center in Los Angeles

By: California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine on January 4, 2017, 11:11 am


Last year, we lost a lot of truly remarkable individuals to CardioVascular Disease (CVD). Just a few of the wildly talented entertainers who we lost to this often silent, but fatal disease include Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Alan Thicke, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Garry Shandling and George Michael. The entire team at the California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine, and The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California mourns the loss of these shining stars as much as you do.

The loss of such incredibly hardworking individuals who gave their all to enriching our lives through bringing to life characters, emotions, and stories via acting, singing, writing, and theatre also serves as a harsh reminder that no one is immune from CardioVascular Disease. Though most of us don’t share the same limelight as these talented performers, we are all vulnerable to this devastating disease, which often kills without any outward symptoms. Indeed, CVD is the leading killer of Americans, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined each year. The stark reality concerning CVD (AKA heart disease) can be seen in staggering statistics including:
  • Every 43 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack.
  • Every 4 minutes, someone in the United States dies from a stroke.
  • As many as 65% of women who die suddenly from CardioVascular Disease had no previous symptoms.
So, what can be done to prevent CardioVascular Disease in Los Angeles?

Early detection, for purposes of prevention is at the heart of what we do at The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California. Early detection of symptoms of CVD can give you a huge advantage when it comes to making immediate lifestyle changes to minimize or reduce the likelihood that your CVD will progress to the point that you ultimate suffer a heart attack or stroke, or suffer from a reoccurrence of either.

Lab Testing and Diagnostic Imaging to Detect CardioVascular Disease in Los Angeles
At The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California, we are proud to offer the most advanced laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging to patients who are determined to maintain longevity and wellness. Unlike standard medical care, which tends to only look at known risk factors for CVD, at The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California, we provide advanced testing to reveal potential risks, and to illuminate any existing disease.

For example, inflammation testing is based on simple blood and urine tests, which provides our team with key indications that signify your risk for disease. In addition, these tests reveal if heart disease is already present, test for levels of inflammation, and tests to see if you have plaque in your arteries, leading to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Inflammation testing at the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California, is conducted through the Cleveland Heart Lab.

In addition, other invaluable CVD detection tests are available at the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California. These include:
  • Advanced lipid testing- which provides a detailed analysis of cholesterol as opposed to relying solely on LDL numbers
  • Aortic ultrasound to view calcium in the arteries, symptomatic of an aortic aneurysm
  • Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT) ultrasound, to identify calcium in arteries, which is a precursor to inflammation, or blockage
  • Coronary calcium scan to measure the amount of calcium in the arteries of the heart
After receiving the results from these cutting-edge tests, Dr. Allan Kurtz, Founder of the California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine and The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California can begin custom tailoring a plan with you to slow or halt the progression of CVD.

If these advanced tests reveal that you do not have CVD, but there are signs that it may be developing, Dr. Kurtz will work with you begin taking the necessary steps and positive changes to begin living a healthier lifestyle. This will effectively mitigate the likelihood that CVD will go unnoticed and/or ultimately leads to a heart attack or stroke.

At The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California, our goal is to help you live your longest, healthiest life, through the early detection of CVD, and immediate treatment to reduce your likelihood of stroke or heart attack.

Dr. Allan Kurtz specializes in creating ideal health and longevity plans for patients of all ages. Fellowship trained in Integrative and Functional Medicine, Dr. Kurtz is also a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and The Institute for Functional Medicine. The California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine and the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California are located in Woodland Hills, CA. Our goal is to aid patients throughout the greater Los Angeles area in restoring and maintaining optimal health for the long term.

To schedule a consultation contact us today at 818.346.1440