Cardiovascular Screening

Cardiovascular Screening

Cardiovascular Screening services offered in Myrtle Beach, Piedmont and Spartanburg, SC

Heart problems and poor blood circulation are leading causes of sickness and death. To help you avoid these conditions, United Physician Group offers cardiovascular screening at their offices in Douglasville, Conyers, and Hampton, Georgia, and Piedmont, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Spartanburg, South Carolina. Don’t wait until you develop chest pain or breathing difficulties — request your cardiovascular screening today. Call your nearest United Physician Group office today or use the online form to schedule a consultation.

Cardiovascular Screening Q & A

What is cardiovascular screening?

Cardiovascular screening is a thorough heart and blood circulation exam. Even if you have no symptoms of circulation or heart problems, they could be developing. United Physician Group’s cardiovascular screening identifies early stages of cardiovascular disease so you can get prompt treatment.

Heart conditions are all too common in the United States and the leading cause of death. Regular cardiovascular screening ensures that you and your doctor address these diseases early on when they’re more treatable and sometimes reversible.

What does cardiovascular screening involve?

The first stage of your cardiovascular screening appointment is a complete physical exam. Your United Physician Group doctor listens to your heartbeat, weighs you, and measures your blood pressure.

They look at other health indicators like your breathing and areas of pain or tenderness. If you have circulation problems in your legs, you might have visible signs like varicose veins, dry, shiny skin, and lack of hair growth.

If you have any symptoms that could be caused by cardiovascular disease, tell your doctor about them. Symptoms include:

  • Angina (heart-related chest pain)
  • Palpitations (rapid, skipping, or pounding heartbeat)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Syncope (fainting)
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • General fatigue
  • Aching legs

Your doctor reviews your medical history and asks about any family history of cardiovascular disease. They do an electrocardiogram (EKG) to see if the heart’s electrical activity is healthy. They also take a blood sample for lab tests to see if you have high cholesterol.

If your doctor identifies any abnormalities, you might need other diagnostic procedures. These can include an echocardiogram (heart ultrasound), cardiac stress testing (where you exercise during your EKG), and an ankle-brachial index (ABI) test to check the blood pressure in your legs.

What are the outcomes of cardiovascular screening?

Some people who undergo cardiovascular screening at United Physician Group get a clean bill of health. This gives them peace of mind that their heart and circulation are healthy.

If your cardiovascular screening shows you have early signs of heart or circulation problems, your doctor will advise you to change your daily habits. Actions to consider include:

  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Cutting down on alcohol
  • Stress management
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a heart-healthy diet

Some people might require medication to lower their blood cholesterol or blood pressure. If your heart or circulatory condition is more advanced, United Physician Group will refer you to a highly skilled cardiologist for specialized treatment.

Call United Physician Group today or book an appointment online to arrange your potentially life-saving cardiovascular screening.