Family Medicine and Pulmonary Disease Practice located in Albany, NY
Never ignore pain in your chest, especially if you have risk factors for cardiovascular disease. At CPI Physicians in Albany, New York, Abul Azad, MD, and Najiib Azad, DO, provide comprehensive cardiac evaluations to help you get the care you need. The practice supports your health with heart disease prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and management. Call the office today for a cardiac evaluation or book an appointment online.
Cardiac Evaluation Q&A
What is a cardiac evaluation?
A cardiac evaluation begins with a thorough review of your current symptoms, health history, and family history. You also undergo a physical exam, which helps determine if you need further testing to diagnose current heart disease or to help prevent future incidents.
What is preventive cardiac care?
Preventing a serious heart incident is a priority. A cardiac evaluation helps your doctor determine if you need prescription medication or procedures to keep your heart as healthy as possible. They also offer recommendations on diet, exercise, and lifestyle to maximize your heart health.
What is involved in a cardiac evaluation?
CPI Physicians customizes your cardiac evaluation to meet your exact needs. Most likely, you undergo an electrocardiogram (EKG) to evaluate the electrical signals that control the way your heart beats.
An EKG can show if your heart has a defect, such as enlargement due to high blood pressure or evidence of a prior heart attack. The test is usually recommended if you have risk factors for heart disease, such as hypertension, or symptoms such as chest pain or heart palpitations.
You may also be directed to undergo other tests to evaluate your heart health depending on your symptoms.
How can I lower my risk of heart problems?
Heart problems can often be aggravated as a result of lifestyle choices. To reduce your risk:
- Quit smoking
- Be physically active
- Manage your blood pressure
- Eat a healthy diet
- Achieve a healthy weight
- Limit alcohol use
- Reduce stress
- Control your cholesterol levels
Regular physicals at CPI Physicians help you manage your chronic conditions and identify problems with your heart before they become serious.
What happens during an electrocardiogram?
During your EKG, trained staff from CPI Physicians attach adhesive pads with electrodes to your chest, arms, and legs. Men may need to have their chest hair shaved to achieve a better connection and more accurate reading.
You lie on an exam table and a computer records the electrical impulses that move through your heart as a picture on graph paper. The entire procedure is pain-free and takes just 10 minutes.
If you have risk factors for heart disease or symptoms that suggest a heart condition, make an appointment for a cardiac evaluation at CPI Physicians. Call the office today or book an appointment online.
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