Please consider the following questions:
- Are you a male older than 45 or a female older than 55?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you take blood pressure medication?
- Do you have any close relatives with a history of heart attack, bypass, stroke or balloon surgery?
- Are you diabetic?
- Is your cholesterol elevated?
If you answered "yes" to two or more questions, you may be at risk for heart attack or stroke. Please consider the series of cardiovascular screenings offered by Oklahoma Heart Institute.
Screening Tests Can Save Your Life and Prevent Heart Attacks
- Fast, Accurate and painless
- No physician referral required
- Open to the general public
- Evening appointments available
- Schedule screenings 1-4 and receive a $20 discount
An Easy Way to Live Longer
According to the American Heart Association, many people experience no symptoms before having a heart attack or stroke. A series of simple screening tests by trained experts in cardiovascular disease can identify problems before symptoms develop, preventing issues down the road. The cost is low. The tests are simple and fast. Aren’t you worth it?
1. Carotid Artery Evaluation (15 minutes, $40)
Strokes rank third among all causes of death behind heart disease and cancer. To assess your risk, an ultrasound probe is placed on your neck to screen for blockages in your carotid arteries which supply blood to the brain. This is also a marker of heart attack risk.
2. Cardiac Function Evaluation (15 minutes, $40 )
To analyze cardiac function and calculate your Ejection Fraction (the amount of blood your heart is able to pump), an ultrasound probe will be positioned at various locations on your chest.
3. Abdominal Aorta Evaluation (15 minutes, $40)
Most abdominal aneurysms are asymptomatic. They’re the tenth leading cause of death in males over 55. To screen for aneurysm, an ultrasound probe is used to analyze your abdominal aorta.
4. Ankle/Brachial Index (15 minutes, $40)
Blood pressures are obtained from your legs and arms to screen for peripheral artery disease. It not only assesses circulation to the legs, but also is a marker of heart attack risk.
5. Baseline Electrocardiogram (10 minutes, $10)
A noninvasive recording of your heart’s electrical activity, this test uses electrodes to detect overall heart rhythm. Because an EKG is the best way to measure and diagnose abnormal heart rhythms, it’s wise to have a baseline screening around age 40.
6. Cardiac Calcium Score (15 minutes, $99)
Coronary plaque can build up silently for years, and, if untreated, can cause blockages and heart attacks. This test measures the calcified plaque in the coronaries and is an indirect measure of the total amount of plaque in the coronaries. A multi-slice CT scanner takes a series of pictures of your heart in just a few seconds.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (918) 592-0999.