Heart and Vascular Screening Clinic
Many heart and vascular problems are caused by the build-up of plaque in the arteries that carry blood to the brain, abdominal organs, arms and legs. That condition is known as atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis, which can lead to heart attack, stroke and other serious problems.
Although early diagnosis is key to helping prevent the consequences of vascular disease, patients frequently show no signs or symptoms. For many the first sign of a problem is a major vascular event, such as heart attack, stroke or ruptured aneurysm.
Fortunately, simple, non-invasive tests are available to diagnose heart and vascular disease, even in those who have no symptoms. The Heart and Vascular Screening Clinic offers a full panel of tests that can identify cardiovascular risk factors. The diagnostic studies include:
- Blood work for cholesterol and diabetes
- Blood pressure check
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Ankle brachial index (ABI), which shows how well blood is flowing to the limbs
- Carotid ultrasound to show blood flow to the brain
- Abdominal aorta ultrasound to check for aneurysm
The entire series of tests takes approximately one hour. The results, combined with information from the patient's medical history and lifestyle questionnaire, are used to develop an individual coronary risk profile. Shortly after the clinic visit, patients will receive a follow-up mailing with their risk profile and the test results to review with his or her primary care physician.
Insurance generally does not cover the cost of screenings such as these, but the entire battery of tests is available at the Heart and Vascular Screening Clinic for only $75. Since cardiovascular disease can actually be prevented or lessened by reducing an individual's risk factors, most patients consider the cost an investment in their peace of mind.
Kirit R. Shah, MD
The medical director of the screening clinic is Kirit R. Shah, MD, who is board-certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Shah received his medical degree from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India, and completed residency at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. He also completed a fellowship at Providence Hospital.
Appointments for the Heart and Vascular Screening Clinic at the Providence Heart Institute in Southfield may be scheduled by calling 1-866-501-DOCS (3627).