Your Heart at 65+
Proactive Heart Health for Seniors
Turning 65 brings benefits–Medicare, Social Security (unless you’re a 70-or-bust holdout), maybe retiring or at least downsizing your hours. But—and there’s always that “but,” right? It’s also the age at which we, at Crescent Senior Medical Center, start taking any symptoms that involve your heart very seriously. Any other provider might chalk up a complaint of chest tightness to eating too much, or maybe some acid reflux from a meal you ate.
Symptoms should always be taken seriously in any age group, but especially in people age 65+. There’s solid math behind that statement: the average age for a first heart attack in men is 65, and 72 for women. 1 in 3 people over age 60 have some form of cardiovascular disease and heart disease is still the #1 cause of death about COVID-19 & Cancer. Heart disease should be the first diagnosis considered when a person in their “Golden Years” complains of chest pain. That is especially true if it’s accompanied by excess sweating, clammy skin, nausea and other problems. Minority groups, specifically African Americans, are up to two times more likely than Caucasians to develop high blood pressure before the age of 55, a recent study found. American Indians, Alaskan natives, Hispanics and African Americans are more likely than Caucasians to have diabetes.
At Crescent Senior Medical Center, we believe it is important to have access to the tests so that we might get to the root of the symptoms and to prevent the first symptom of a heart attack from being the heart attack. In addition to all the standard testing, we offer these additional tests to get a thorough and full picture of your health – and all under 1 roof with your Primary Care Physician, Geriatric Specialists, and specialized surgeons!
Treadmill exercise stress test: Evaluates heart rate & blood pressure as you walk.
Nuclear stress test: Evaluates heart rate, blood pressure, and blood flow to the heart muscle.
Stress echocardiography: Measures blood pressure and heart rate as you exercise on a treadmill.
Coronary computed tomography angiography: Uses CT scan to examine arteries supplying blood to the heart to see if they are narrowed.
Coronary artery calcium scorings: Uses CT scan to measure amount of calcium in the walls of arteries supplying the heart muscle.
Blood tests to look for elevations in specific proteins that point to heart injury.
The findings will provide a clearer picture of your heart health and help create an action plan to reduce the odds that you will be a cardiovascular statistic. Give us a call, stop in to see us, and sign up for the Medicare Premier Membership, an online community that provides various tools that can help you save money, stay informed, and live a healthier life. Enroll and schedule your visit today at www.crescentseniorcenter.com and like us on Facebook! (Click Here) to have access to all of these services for no additional cost!
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