The key to preventing cardiovascular disease, also called coronary artery disease (CAD), is managing your risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high total cholesterol or high blood glucose. But how do you know which risk factors you have? The best way to find out is through screening tests during regular doctor visits. Regular cardiovascular screening is important because it helps you detect risk factors in their earliest stages.
Cardiovascular examination packages
Detailed internal and cardiovascular medical history, physical examination
Measuring body weight and height
Heart ultrasound (ECHO)
Measuring the risk of developing coronary artery diseases based on Hungarian and international score systems
Examining periferical vessels of the limbs
Prescribing medication - if needed
Detailed evalutation of the test results, summary and reccomendation in written form
Cardiac exercise stress test (ECG) on a treadmill
Ultrasound of the neck arteries (carotis duplex scan)
Free consultation within 3 months (follow-up), and prescription supply for another 3 months
Risk factors of coronary artery diseases:
Important risk factors that can’t be changed:
- Elder years: 80% of people dying of coronary artery diseases are over the age of 65.
- Male sex: heart diseases are more common and develop at a younger age amongst men than women.
- Genetic factors, family medical history: descendants of people suffering from cardiovascular diseases are at higher risk
Important risk factors, that can be modified: treated or kept in control:
- Smoking: people who smoke are 2-4 times more likely to get coronary artery diseases compared to those who don’t.
- High blood lipid: The higher the LDL level, the higher the risk of developing heart disease.
- High blood pressure: high blood pressure increases the stress on the heart, the arteries become thicker and more stiff.
- Lack of exercise: lack of exercise is one of the main risk factors of cardiovascular diseases.
- Obesity and excess weight: people who carry extra fat – especially around the waist – are more likely to develop heart diseases and suffer from stroke.
- Diabetes: diabetes increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Other factors that should be considered:
- Stress: personal response to stress can be an additional risk factor.
- Alcohol: recommended alcohol consumption is a maximum of 2 drinks per day for men, 1 drink per day for women. Drinking more than the recommended maximum amount can lead to high blood pressure, obesity, stroke and developing other diseases.
- Diet and eating habits: keeping a healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent heart diseases.
Premium package:over age of 50, or over the age of 40 with 3 or more risk factors
Standard package: over age of 40, or anyone with 2 risk factors
Basic package: over age of 30, irrespective of risk factors