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Four New Tests to Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes in Southern California
By: California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine on January 16, 2017, 12:14 pm
The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California emphasizes health, wellness and longevity through the prevention of illnesses and diseases such as stroke and heart disease. Unlike many medical practices which focus only on treating symptoms of disease after they have arisen, our focus lies in preventing illness and disease from taking root in the first place. This is especially true when it comes to preventing cardiovascular disease which is the leading cause of death in the world.
With more than 85 million Americans living with either heart disease, or suffering from the after-effects of stroke, it's high time that we all begin working towards prevention, rather than trying to undo the damage done by a heart attack or stroke. Fortunately, science has evolved to such a point that there are now multiple, invaluable tests that can be run, to help you to prevent a heart attack or stroke, through understanding your current cardiovascular health, and taking necessary steps now to minimize any risks revealed through cutting edge tests now available.
Here are 4 tests you can't afford to skip, in order to reduce your chances of having a heart attack or suffering a stroke.
Lab testing, to identify inflammatory markers, through the Cleveland Heart Lab provide a comprehensive picture of the state of inflammation in your arteries. Inflammation is well known to be a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. Through measuring inflammation, you will be privy to the overall state of your cardiovascular system as it currently stands. More importantly, together with Dr. Kurtz, founder of the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California, you will be given the gift of insight into what is happening with your heart, before any symptoms of the "silent” killer diseases of heart attack or stroke emerge.
Advanced Lipid Testing
Lipid testing which goes beyond standard annual cholesterol testing, examines particle numbers and genetic markers indicating a predisposition, or enhanced risk for heart attack or stroke is vital to prevent cardiovascular disease. Through Advanced Lipid testing offered at the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California, you'll learn how to adjust your diet, and your lifestyle to mitigate disease progression, thereby effectively doing your part to prevent irreparable damage.
Carotid Artery Intimal Thickness Ultrasound (CIMT Neck Ultrasound)
Calcium deposits, resulting in a thickness in the carotid arteries indicate an increased likelihood for a heart attack or stroke. This non-invasive ultrasound performed by Dr. Kurtz at the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center in Woodland Hills, reveals the true condition of your carotid arteries, and illuminates how well your blood is able to flow to vital organs. Corrective and preventative measures to arrest further thickening will be provided by Dr. Kurtz, upon analysis of your results.
CT Scan of Coronary Arteries
Like the CIMT Neck Ultrasound, this CT Scan paints a vivid picture of the state of health of your coronary arteries, through measuring the amount of calcium present. Although any amount of calcium found within the coronary arteries is indicative of cardiovascular disease, it's always better to know, than not know, if your health and wellbeing is at risk. This valuable test gives you the chance to make healthy changes now to maintain wellness for the future.
When it comes to heart disease and stroke, an ounce of prevention is worth so much more than a pound of cure. Unfortunately, too many Southern Californians fail to pay attention to their cardiovascular health until a medical emergency such as a heart attack or stroke occurs.
However, with such advanced testing now available, there simply isn't any excuse for putting your cardiovascular health on the backburner any longer. Contact the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California, in conjunction with the California Center for Longevity and Wellness in Woodland Hills today to schedule a preventative testing appointment today.
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 was founded in Woodland Hills, CA 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