Advanced Cardiovascular Testing Specialist

Kansas Medical Associates, PA

Internists & Pediatricians located in Andover, KS

Heart attack and heart disease are one of the primary causes of preventable deaths in the United States every year. Early detection and treatment can save your life. Seek out advanced cardiovascular testing at Kansas Medical Associates in Wichita, Kansas. Call the office or book an appointment online to get a thorough workup and any necessary follow-up treatment.

Advanced Cardiovascular Testing Q & A

Why is testing for cardiovascular irregularities important?

Many factors contribute to your overall heart health. Advanced testing allows the doctors at Kansas Medical Associates to better understand your risks and devise an effective prevention or treatment plan.

In addition to assessing your blood pressure and lipid levels, advanced testing looks for signs of inflammation that indicates an increased risk of heart attack or disease.

What is an EKG?

An EKG measures the electrical activity of your heart to check your heart’s rhythm, blood flow levels, diagnose a heart attack, or look for abnormalities — such as thickened heart muscle.

The test involves your doctor placing electrode patches on your chest, arms, and legs. You lie on an exam table as the computer attached to the electrodes records the electricity in your heart on graph paper.

The test takes about 10 minutes total but gives the doctors at Kansas Medical Associates valuable information about your heart’s health.

What is lipid testing?

Lipid testing includes cholesterol testing that measures total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL,) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL.)

Ideally, your total cholesterol should be below 200 milligrams per deciliter, and your LDL number should be less than 100 mg/dL. Low levels of HDL — of 40 or below — are also a major risk for heart disease.

You may also benefit from specialized, detailed lipid profile testing that helps identify the plaque buildup in your arteries. This advanced test, known as a specialized vertical auto profile — or VAP — gives the doctors more information about the size and distribution of lipoprotein (fat) particles in your blood.

Who benefits from advanced lipid testing?

You might be a candidate for advanced lipid testing if you have any of the following:

  • A prior heart attack, stroke, or peripheral artery disease
  • A history of early cardiovascular disease
  • A direct relative with early heart disease

Early heart disease is defined as affecting the patient before age 55 in men and before age 65 in women.

Advanced cardiovascular testing could save your life. If you have an increased risk of heart disease, call Kansas Medical Associates today to schedule your tests, or book an appointment online.