Heart health screenings are one of the most common ways people can find out about their cardiovascular health, or if there are any concerns that may require more testing and follow-up.
Beaumont’s popular 7 for $70 heart and vascular screening is now being offered at the Beaumont hospitals in Trenton and Wayne, joining three others programs currently ongoing at the Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak and Troy hospitals.
“A comprehensive heart health test like 7 for $70 can help identify risk factors, and help you become proactive about your overall health.”
The cost of the comprehensive heart disease screening is only $70. It is specifically designed to identify your risk factors and recommend a course of action to help you improve your heart and vascular health.
The seven tests include:
- Blood pressure measurement: Tests the pressure of the blood against the walls of arteries. Higher than normal blood pressure (above 120/80) increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Body mass index measurement: Assesses body weight relative to height. A higher than normal BMI increases the risk for heart disease and stroke.
- 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG): A simple and quick procedure that measures the electrical activity of the heart and screens for many types of heart disease or irregular heartbeats.
- Stroke screening/carotid artery ultrasound: The carotid arteries are the main arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain. This test screens for possible narrowing and blockages in these blood vessels, which is a major risk factor for stroke.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound: An aneurysm is a bulge or weakness in a blood vessel, much like a bulge on an over-inflated inner tube. This test screens the aorta, the major blood vessel in the abdomen, for a bulge or weakness.
- Peripheral artery disease screening: PAD is a disease of the blood circulation. This screening checks for blocked leg arteries, which can cause stroke or heart attack.
- Blood cholesterol and hemoglobin A1c measurements*: A high level of cholesterol (total cholesterol higher than 200 mg/dl) in the blood is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and may lead to a heart attack. A high level of A1c in the blood (9-14) can indicate an increased risk for developing eye, kidney, nerve or heart disease.
All of the screenings are read by board-certified Beaumont doctors. The results and a follow-up letter are sent to you to share with your primary care physician to determine follow-up care.
According to the CDC, about 1 million Americans survive heart attacks each year. Better management of cardiovascular care can help with overall risk factors, leading to a heart health plan created with your primary care physician.
“A comprehensive heart health test like 7 for $70 can help identify risk factors, and help you become proactive about your overall health,” said Lisa Landry, diagnostic radiology administrator, Beaumont Hospital, Trenton. “Educating yourself about heart health can help avoid risks and inspire a healthier lifestyle.”
The blood work portion of the screening, blood cholesterol and glucose measurements, is optional. If you chose not to complete blood work, the cost of the remaining six screening tests is $50.
To schedule your screening at any of the five testing locations, call 248-551-4020. For more information, visit beaumont.org/7for70