This is a more advanced type of testing that measures the actual lipoproteins in the blood and looks at some of the genetic risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. Lipoprotein levels have been shown to be better predictors of risk than traditional cholesterol levels alone, especially in patients with diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
Treatments include controlling all modifiable risk factors such as treating high cholesterol/lipids, taking care of Diabetes, treating high blood pressure, and not smoking. This can include lifestyle therapies such as exercise and healthy diet as well as medications.
CAD occurs when plaque forms in the arteries that supply the heart with blood. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances in the bloodstream. The buildup can restrict bloodflow to the heart. Sometimes a plaque can rupture or burst which can cause a blood clot that completely blocks the artery—this can cause a heart attack or a stroke. If the arteries are damaged by smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol this process occurs more readily.
A term that describes a number of conditions that impact the heart; however the most common type is coronary artery disease (CAD). This is also the leading cause of death in the United States among men and women.
Symbol of quality care demonstrated by reporting measures relating to Diabetes care.
Organization that accredits ultrasound centers based on numerous quality measures. Each of our clinics is accredited. There are few out-patient centers in Texas which have this accreditation
ECNU (Endocrine Certification in Neck ultrasound)
Requires demonstrating expertise in thyroid and neck ultrasound imaging and expertise and in management of thyroid ultrasound findings.
CCD (Certified in Clinical Densitometry)
Certified in Clinical Densitometry, which requires demonstrating knowledge and expertise in conducting bone density testing. These tests are used to diagnose osteoporosis and also in the management and treatment of osteoporosis.
NLA (National Lipid Association)
Experts in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease and determining risk factors for heart attacks.
CBDT (Certified Bone Density Technician)
This certification requires demonstration of knowledge and the ability to accurately perform a bone density test.