At TD&E, we believe that cardiovascular risk reduction and prevention is one of our most important jobs. The most common cause of death in our patients with and without Diabetes is heart attack and stroke is a close second. At TD&E, we offer cardiovascular risk assessment, which includes CIMT and Advanced Lipid Testing.
Patients can expect thorough lab testing of cardiovascular disease and heart attack risk factors including advanced lipid testing and testing of measures of artery inflammation. Our testing and treatment approaches are designed with Heart Disease PREVENTION as the ultimate goal. We have physicians and physician extenders that are boarded in Lipidology with long experience in treating cholesterol disorders. We are constantly staying up to date in this practice area. Having the Lipidology Board demonstrates a high level of proficiency and knowledge in the treatment of lipid disorders and cardiovascular risk.
CIMT (Carotid Intima-Media Thickness)
The CIMT test is a convenient, safe and painless ultrasound procedure that provides an immediate indication of the condition of a patient’s vascular health and helps determine a person’s cardiovascular risk (risk for heart attack and stroke). At TD&E, we have the ultrasound equipment and certified sonographers on-site to conduct the CIMT test. A physician will review the results and determine next steps if treatment is recommended.
Advanced Lipid Testing
The CDC states that 50% of people who have heart attacks have “normal” cholesterol. Traditional lipid testing (cholesterol, LDL & HDL) may miss up to 50% of people who have abnormal lipids. It is time to go beyond traditional cholesterol measurements in order to prevent cardiovascular disease.
At TD&E, we believe that advanced lipid testing leads to treatments designed to PREVENT cardiovascular disease. Providing this testing for our patients allows us to create a more accurate and personalized treatment plan.
Important insights for Cardiovascular patients:
- Most people who have heart attacks have no warning symptoms, but most have risk factors for heart attack which can be modified. We think that this approach can help prevent these events,which makes understanding and modifying their risk for heart attack imperative.
- Some risk markers for heart attack are not done on the usual cholesterol testing and these tests can help determine cardiovascular risk.
- Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, and exercise are essential in reducing cardiovascular risk.
- The #1 cause of death in this country is still heart disease. We have work left to do to fight this disease.