Preventive Services

Overview
As a regional leader in cardiovascular disease prevention and through certain screenings or diagnostic tests, we can help patients avoid more serious cardiovascular conditions by identifying potential problems early. The tests we perform can help determine if you are on a path towards, or heave the beginning stages of, cardiovascular disease. Cardiac Calcium Scoring, for example, identifies and measures calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. If detected, our physicians can treat such conditions as cholesterol and lipid disorders, among other predictors of future heart problems. If we find that you are at elevated risk for heart disease, we can begin a preventive regimen of life style modification and, if needed, medication to help prevent, delay and even reverse cardiovascular disease and other health complications.


Lifestyle Management

A lifestyle of moderation is best for everyone and for those at risk for developing Diabetes or Cardiovascular disease this is an important step to take early in life. Overweight and Obesity among the US adult population has practically doubled since the 1960’s. Excess body weight, high Mass Body Index (BMI) has been proven to be associated with the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Other studies have also linked excess weight to additional condition suchs as: asthma, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea and increase mortality from cancer.

Researchers have found that obese persons and those who are overweight with one or more related conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes should undertake lifestyle modifications. These lifestyle modifications can include a program of a healthy and moderate diet and exercise. It is always important to get your doctor’s approval to begin an exercise regimen.


Cardiac Calcium Scoring

This preventive screening test can be performed to help determine if some one is on a path towards, or have the beginning stages of cardiovascular disease. Cardiac Calcium Scoring identifies and measures calcified plaque in the cardiac arteries. If plaque is detected, it is measured and compared on the Agatston scale among people across the country in the same age range. Based on the cacium score results, our physicians will recommend if further diagnostic testing if needed or if lifestyle modification or cholesterol and lipid management is recommended. Results of this screening test will be given to the patient to share with their primary care physician.

 

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT
Kellan E. Ashley, M.D.
FACC, FCCP 

Coronary and Peripheral Intervention