Vascular and Heart Tests

Catching cardiovascular disease when it’s most treatable

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute’s comprehensive vascular and heart tests help you detect signs of any conditions you can confront early and identify risks of future problems.

As the leading provider of cardiovascular care in Louisville and Southern Indiana, Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists use their expertise to pinpoint any trouble spots with sophisticated tools.

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers free one-on-one consultation with a cardiac nurse to develop a plan for reducing risk factors and connecting to healthy lifestyle resources. The nurse will check your body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, waist measurement and lifestyle factors before offering advice.

The specialists at Norton Heart & Vascular Institute have identified three diagnostic tests that are both simple and effective. They detect potential issues that can cause a life-altering heart or vascular episode, such as a stroke:

  • Carotid artery screening
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD) screening
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening

Those at high risk for cardiovascular troubles may qualify to get these tests conducted free. Take our risk assessment to determine whether your cardiovascular health puts you at risk for a stroke or other trouble.

A coronary calcium scan measures calcium deposits in the coronary arteries — an early indicator of heart disease. This quick and painless screening involves a computed tomography (CT) scan and generally is considered useful for people who have a moderate risk of heart disease but currently are without cardiac symptoms. This includes people with the following risk factors:

  • Men age 45 and older; women age 55 and older
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Past or present smoker
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity

Know your numbers

An important way to lower your risk and manage cardiovascular disease is through healthy lifestyle habits and managing your risk factors. The American Heart Association recommends the following tests.

Recommended screenings How often?
Blood pressure Each regular health care visit or at least once every two years if blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg
Cholesterol (“fasting lipoprotein profile” to measure total, HDL and LDL cholesterol) Every four to six  years for normal-risk people; more often if any you have elevated risk for heart disease and stroke
Weight/body mass index (BMI) During your regular healthcare visit
Waist circumference As needed if your BMI is 25 kg/m2 or higher
Blood glucose test At least every three years

(The American Diabetes Association recommends testing for prediabetes and risk for diabetes beginning at age 45. If tests are normal, repeat testing at three-year intervals.)

Discuss smoking, physical activity, diet Each regular health care visit

About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists treat more cardiovascular patients — about 100,000 every year — than any provider in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

  • Our board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from Louisville’s leader.
  • We have more than 45 board-certified cardiovascular physicians and 30 advanced practice providers. Through training and years of experience, they specialize in areas such as cardiology, interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, electrophysiology, advanced heart failure and vascular surgery.
  • We offer same-day new patient appointments.
  • We have 27 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 clinical sites in the region.
  • We have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from the largest cardiovascular care provider in the state.
  • The American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services certifies Norton Healthcare for chest pain and atrial fibrillation care.
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