Diagnosing Heart and Vascular Disease

Diagnosing Heart and Vascular Disease

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What Do You Know About Preventing Heart Disease?

You can take steps to reduce your risk for heart disease. Find out more about preventing heart disease by taking this quiz.

1. Which of these is a cause of heart disease?
2. What can happen if blood flow in an artery is blocked or greatly restricted?
3. Three risk factors for heart disease can't be controlled. Which of these are they?
4. What is considered "high blood pressure"?
5. Why can smoking lead to heart disease?
6. How much exercise is recommended to help prevent heart disease?
7. Your risk for heart disease rises if your body mass index (BMI) is more than 24.9. Why?
8. Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol is considered safe for your heart. What can happen if you drink more?
9. Which of these is a classic symptom of a heart attack?
Several tests diagnose possible heart disease. The choice of which tests to perform depends on several things. These include a patient's risk factors, history of heart problems, current symptoms and the doctor's interpretation of these factors.

People being evaluated for possible heart disease are usually given simple tests first. Then more complicated ones may be used, if needed. Specific tests depend on the patient's particular problem and the physician's assessment.

Some of these tests are noninvasive. That means they don't involve inserting instruments or fluids into the body.

These include: 

Stress Tests 
Diagnostic Cardiology 
Vascular Imaging 
If your physician has ordered any of these tests, please call 540-536-6803 to schedule an appointment at Winchester Medical Center.

Valley Health offers cardiovascular diagnostic services at the following locations. Please check to see if the exam is available at the location nearest you:

  • Page Memorial in Luray, VA
  • Shenandoah Memorial in Woodstock, VA
  • War Memorial in Berkeley Springs, WV
  • Warren Memorial in Front Royal, VA
  • Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA