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Prevention and Early Detection

Palos Health is here to help you recognize your modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for heart disease. Recognition of modifiable risk factors helps you reduce, prevent, treat and manage modifiable risk factors early, when treatment can be most effective. 

Modifiable Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Modifiable risk factors can include:couple walking with light weights

  • Overweight
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Stress

How to Prevent Heart Disease

Partner with a primary care provider to understand and lower your personal risk for cardiovascular disease. Tell your doctor about your personal and family medical history. When you see your provider regularly, you benefit from:

  • Ongoing care from a doctor who gets to know you and acts as an advocate for you
  • Preventive care
  • Screening tests that are appropriate for your age, health, gender and other factors
  • Education on how to live a healthy, happy life
  • Help to navigate the health care system and receive referrals to specialists, such as cardiologists, when needed

Depending on your needs, your doctor may recommend or provide other services to protect your heart health, such as:

Screening Tests

Screening tests detect a potential concern as early as possible, before you may experience symptoms. During your annual physical exam, the provider monitors your:

  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Emotional and mental well-being
  • Heart rate
  • Weight

Based on your test results, the provider may recommend additional diagnostic tests, such as an electrocardiogram and/or echocardiogram (heart ultrasound). Already have an order for a test? Call 708.827.2030.

Don't have a Cardiologist?

Is it time for you to start seeing a cardiologist? It's important that your heart is cared for by a physician specialized in cardiac health.

Find Cardiovascular Institute Physician

Dr. Rowan