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Treatment and Prevention

Treatment

Angioplasty - Angioplasty is a general term for minimally invasive procedures used to clear blocked blood vessels. The most common procedure, balloon angioplasty, involves a catheter with a balloon on the end. The catheter is threaded through a vein up to the clogged blood vessel where it is then inflated. This reshapes the inside of the artery to allow blood to flow more easily. To prevent these areas from eventually deflating, doctors often use stents, metal coils that spring open, to keep the artery from closing.

Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory - Procedures performed in this lab include angioplasties, myocardial biopsies, and stent placements.

Cardiac Monitoring - TriStar StoneCrest patients benefit from continuous cardiac monitoring either by telemetry (radio waves) or directly (hard wired).

Prevention

As our understanding of heart disease grows, so does our comprehension of risk factors and prevention. There are major risk factors which research has shown are definitely associated with increases in heart disease such as increased age, heredity, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and physical inactivity. Men and postmenopausal women are at greater risk. There are also contributing risk factors, which are less precisely understood such as stress, obesity and socioeconomic status. The more risk factors a person has, the greater the chance he or she will develop cardiovascular disease. Among the services TriStar StoneCrest provides for helping people manage their risk factors and prevent heart disease and stroke are:

Risk Assessments - Take our FREE online Heart Risk Assessment to determine your heart disease risk factors and discover your heart's true age!

Health Screenings - Cardiac Scoring, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings are offered numerous times throughout the year. Check out our Events & Classes page to view upcoming screenings, classes and events.

Regular check-ups - Regular visits to your physician can help identify your personal risk of heart disease and stroke and lifestyle choices that could reduce your risk of heart disease. Find a primary care physician online or call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 for a free physician referral.

For more information on classes and screenings, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662