• Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease

    Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease

    You can greatly reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke by working with your care team to manage your risk factors. For many patients, this means working toward your ideal body weight, quitting smoking, getting some exercise every day, controlling diabetes, and improving your cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

  • Heart and Vascular Disease

    High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

    High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects 10 to 15 percent of the school-age population, according to several studies. Even babies can have high blood pressure.
  • Treatment and Prevention

    Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

    Diabetes and cardiovascular disease often go hand-in-hand. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than people without diabetes. In fact, about 68 percent of people with diabetes die of heart disease or stroke—one more factor that makes cardiovascular disease the most common cause of death in both men and women.

    Risk Factor Modification for Women

    By now you've probably heard or read that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. But unless something causes you pain or interferes with your day-to-day activities, like most of us, you probably put it out of your mind. You might think, "I'm too young," "I exercise every day," or "I've always had really low cholesterol." Please don't think that for whatever reason you are uniquely immune.

    Treatment and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

    Innovations in cardiovascular care are constantly creating effective, less invasive methods for treating and preventing cardiovascular disease. The days when little could be done to combat heart and vascular disease are long over. Whether you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or wish to minimize risk factors you may have, your doctors and other healthcare providers can work with you to identify the best choices for you among a range of treatment and prevention options.
  • Tests and Diagnostics

    Electrocardiogram

    An electrocardiogram, also called an ECG or EKG, is a quick, painless test that measures the heart’s electrical activity and records any disturbances in heart rhythm. The heart’s electrical activity determines if it keeps a normal rhythm.