Get Smart About Your Heart

April 01, 2015

Heart disease is often called a “silent killer” because it can strike without any symptoms. But that doesn’t mean you should wait until there is a problem. For a snapshot of your heart health, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital offers the Heart Smart® Screening program. It’s an easy and affordable way to identify your risk for heart disease — even if you’re feeling well.

A quick, yet thorough exam

The Heart Smart® Screening program, which costs just $99 and takes about two hours, checks:

  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Fasting blood sugar level
  • Electrical signals in your heart
  • Carotid arteries for early hardening or cholesterol buildup (plaque)

You’ll also complete a survey about your family history and habits that could impact your heart health.

“Based on all of this, we give patients an estimated 10-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease or having a heart attack or stroke,” says Karthikeyan Ananth, M.D., a cardiologist at Henry Ford West Bloomfield.

A personalized consult

“One thing that makes our program truly unique is that all patients meet with me or another board-certified cardiologist at the end of their visit to discuss their results,” Dr. Ananth says. Patients can also get referrals to primary care physicians, cardiologists or other providers.

A healthier tomorrow

“The tests can be life-changing,” Dr. Ananth explains. “People have come in feeling perfectly well, but we detected cholesterol buildup (plaque) in their arteries. At the same time, the goal of the program is to reduce long-term risk. So we can help people make changes now that can keep them from having problems 10, 20, even 30 years down the road.”