I am healthy. Why do I need to see a cardiologist?

CardiacSolutionsLogoYou are healthy, right? You feel good and take reasonable care of yourself. You have not seen a doctor in years. What good reason is there to see a cardiologist? The answer in one word is: prevention. Heart disease and stroke are both highly preventable and treatable. There is no reason for anyone to have either a heart attack or stroke. Prevention is the key. There are several risk factors which can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes including: hypertension, high cholesterol, elevated inflammation levels, diabetes and elevated blood sugar levels, being over weight, increased belly fat, lack of exercise, family history of cardiovascular disease, and smoking. Both heart attacks and stroke are vascular diseases. They both involve our arteries which carry blood and nutrients to the heart and brain. Many people think heart attacks and strokes are sudden events. They are not. In fact, there is usually evidence of diseased arteries (atherosclerosis) years, if not decades ahead of time. There are several non-invasive ways to assess the health of your arteries. Two methods are ultrasound and CT scans. Ultrasound is a favorite of mine, because no radiation is used. A simple ultrasound of the neck arteries (a carotid artery ultrasound) can give you important information on the health of your arteries. Plaque in the walls of the arteries can be visualized by ultrasound. In fact, it can be detected at an early stage. Even mild plaque can be visualized. If it is detected, corrective action can prevent future disasters. Clearly, if you smoke, you need to stop. Smoking directly damages the artery wall which leads to plaque formation. Lowering blood pressure will reduce risk of heart attacks and stroke. Lowering you cholesterol numbers can also help lower your risk. A new measure of cholesterol, LDL-(p), which measures the total number of bad cholesterol particles, can help define your risk. You want to avoid the small, dense LDL (bad) particles which help to promote plaque. Losing weight, shrinking your belly, and exercise all help to reduce your risk. Is your inflammation level high? Reducing inflammation levels will reduce your risk. Think of your cardiologist as a coach. He can help assess your risk and then discuss ways with you to help reduce your risk. It is all about being proactive. Most heart attacks and stroke are preventable. Do not delay! Do not procrastinate any longer! Get an assessment and reduce your risk. Reducing your risk will help you feel better and live longer.  Dr Greenberg specializes in preventive cardiology and nutrition. To make an appointment with Dr Greenberg at Cardiac Solutions please call 623.876.8816.

Author: drjeffgreenberg

Dr Greenberg is a clinical cardiologist who specializes in preventive cardiology, nutrition, exercise, and longevity. He favors using natural methods to improving one's health.

8 thoughts on “I am healthy. Why do I need to see a cardiologist?”

  1. I did not know you were leaving CVC. With that said, I am following you to your new digs.

    Ralph De La Huerta Christ is Lord

  2. Dr. Greenberg… I met you at the Anthem Office when you were treating my wife, Vera. I liked that you took first a natural approach to health correction and asked my appt be changed from the dr book to yourself which you instructed the secretary to do. Then they called and said you were not longer with that group. I would like to set up an appt shortly after the first of the year. I understand you wlll be back in practice on Jan 7. I have a dental appt in Nogales on the 7th but if you can reserve a time for me shortly after that I would appreciate it. My Health Insurance will change from AARP Advantage to SCAN as of Jan 1 and I will need a referral first, and will get it shortly after Jan 1 from a Dr. Hisscock, my new doctor on the SCAN plan. Let me know if that is possible. Once I have the referral I will forward it to your office.

    P.S. I like the approach you take in your article “I am healthy… WHy do …..”. My aunt, by the way, is 100 years old. She stopped driving last year and moved out of her large house in Kansas City where she lived alone and took care of it, and moved in with her daughter. The interesting part is that she has had a cholesterol reading of over 300 most of her life and is never sick. Having designed hospitals and heart facilities for much of my life as a medical facility architect, I have come to doubt the relationship between cholesterol and heart attack. My aunt is just another example. By the way, Cat Scans should be avoided at all costs possible as they are equivalent to a minimum of 450 chest xrays in radiation and do cause cancer. It just takes about 20 to 30 years for it to show up.

    Thanks, Jerry Baker 913.238.3968

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