Heart Health Screenings

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S., accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths. Despite efforts to diagnose and treat heart disease early, many Americans are unaware of their risk. A number of screenings are available to detect early signs of cardiac and vascular disease and identify risk factors.

Learn Your Links

Learning the eight links that increase your risk for heart disease can help you better manage or reduce your risks to prevent heart disease.  Start today.

Heart-healthy Lifestyle Consultation

Marshall Women’s Health & Education Center
Norton Medical Plaza 3 – St. Matthews, Suite 108
4123 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, Kentucky

A cardiovascular nurse educator will create a plan for you for a healthy lifestyle and check your body mass index, blood pressure and waist circumference. Call (502) 629-1234, option 4, for an appointment.

Coronary Calcium Scan

Norton Audubon Hospital
1 Audubon Plaza Drive
Louisville, Kentucky

This computed tomography (CT) scan measures calcium deposits in coronary arteries — an early indicator of heart disease. This quick, painless screening is considered useful for people who have a moderate risk of heart disease and currently do not have cardiac symptoms. Those with the following risk factors may benefit from a coronary calcium scan:

  • 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
  • Not physically active

Call (502) 485-4700 for an appointment.

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 you have elevated risk for heart disease and stroke
Weight/body mass index (BMI) During your regular health care 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

Norton Healthcare Heart and Vascular Institute

About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists treat more people for heart and vascular care — about 250,000 every year — than any other provider in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

  • Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals are American College of Cardiology accredited Cycle VI Chest Pain Centers — the highest level of expertise to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
  • 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 cardiologyinterventional cardiologycardiothoracic surgeryelectrophysiologyadvanced 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 Kentucky.
  • Norton Healthcare is the only health care system in Kentucky to receive the prestigious Mission Lifeline: Regional Trailblazer Award from the American Heart Association for being an innovator in creating a system of care for ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks —  the most severe type of heart attack.
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