Heart & Stroke Risk Factor Screening

Suffering a stroke can have devastating long term effects on a person, as can other general issues of the heart. That is why it is so important to stay on top of your heart health. At New York Medicine Doctors, our team can help you do just that. We can perform a heart and stroke risk factor screening to determine how healthy you are, and if changes to your lifestyle need to be made.

Who Should Get Screened 

Everyone needs to put focus on their heart health. However, some can benefit more from screenings than others. If you find yourself dealing with any of the below, we highly recommending coming in for a screening:

  • Being older than 40.
  • Obesity or being overweight.
  • High cholesterol or blood pressure.
  • Irregular heartbeats.
  • Having a family history of strokes.

How Does A Screening Work

Strokes and other heart issues take place when there is a sudden disruption of blood flow. When the body becomes starved of the oxygen and other nutrients that blood carries, serious health issues can occur. That is why we can use ultrasounds to screen for the likelihood of these issues. Ultrasounds use soundwaves to create images of the body’s internal structures. These images can help determine if any blood vessels are begging to become clogged or narrowed, allowing intervention to take place before a stroke occurs.

How Often Should You Be Screened?

Anybody who feels like they may be at risk for a stroke or other heart issues should come in for their initial screening immediately. Following this appointment, our doctors typically tell patients to come in for routine screenings every one or two years.