The Importance of Screenings

In the U.S., the leading cause of death is heart disease, with it accounting for one in four deaths every year. In addition to this, one in four American individuals is at high risk for metabolic disease, and don’t even realize it. Metabolic disease can lead to a risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. This is why screening for these conditions is so important.

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Your Heart Disease Screening

During your heart disease screening, we will look for risk factors such as family history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. It may surprise you to know that half of the people with their first heart attack actually have normal cholesterol. This is why we offer a blood test called the Cleveland Heart Panel. This test checks for cardiovascular inflammation, which increases the risk of plaque buildup and rupture. If the screening shows that a patient does have an elevated risk of heart disease, we will go through detailed preventative measures together. These preventative measures include dietary and lifestyle modifications, as well as another heart disease screening if indicated.

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We can also refer patients to a cardiologist. Dietary changes include avoiding processed foods, excess sugars, and alcohol, and lifestyle changes include quitting smoking, reducing blood pressure, undergoing weight loss, increasing exercise, and use of supplements.

If you’re interested in discussing your risk for heart disease, please schedule an appointment or mention it at your next annual checkup. In the meantime, it’s important to get enough exercise and only eat foods that are good for your heart. 

Your Metabolic Disease Screening

Metabolic disease refers to a collection of risk factors that include abdominal fat and high blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. These risk factors may cause a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, but many people don’t know they have it.

This is why we offer a screening to assess your blood pressure, waistline, HDL cholesterol level, triglyceride level, and fasting blood sugar. When three (or more) of these five are abnormal, that means you have metabolic disease.

If your screening shows that you do have metabolic disease, we will go over what steps you should take. These steps usually involve making dietary and lifestyle changes, just as with heart disease.

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Why Choose Modern Women’s Health?

Board-certified gynecologist and founder Dr. Lisa M. Jukes is highly regarded in her professional community, and she has successfully established one of the top gynecology and women’s practices in Texas — with the latest in technology and developments in order to offer our patients the most effective screenings available.

The mission of Modern Women’s Health is to provide comprehensive health services for families all in one place. We take care of all aspects of our patients’ health in a compassionate, confidential, and comfortable atmosphere, providing patient-centric medical treatment and warm, professional relationships.

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