Advanced care for high cholesterol and clogged arteries
Cardiovascular care teams at Ascension sites of care deliver personalized treatments for atherosclerosis and clogged arteries.
Knowing your cholesterol levels and other risk factors for heart disease helps you better understand your heart health so you and your doctor can start working together to prevent more serious heart conditions. Cardiologists and cardiovascular care teams at Ascension sites of care use blood tests to check cholesterol levels, blood sugar and other risk factors for heart disease. Cholesterol and blood glucose can increase plaque buildup in your coronary arteries. Changes to your diet and lifestyle can help lower your “bad” cholesterol or blood sugar, and can help control your blood pressure.
Ask your doctor about preventive heart care, screenings and blood tests.
Each appointment starts with a conversation about you, new symptoms and your health concerns. You and your doctor work together on a care plan that’s right for you. Your care plan may include:
If you need more advanced heart care, your doctor and care team may recommend cardiac imaging tests and cardiac catheterization to help detect plaque and open clogged arteries. You will also be connected to other heart care specialists if you need more care, such as minimally invasive surgery.
If you are experiencing a heart or stroke emergency or life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or call 911.
Heart attacks don’t always start with severe chest pain. Symptoms of a heart attack may include:
You may be at risk for heart disease if you:
We can connect you with resources and programs that may be able to help you and your family with options for financial assistance. Our financial counseling team is here to listen to your concerns and work with you to help find options that meet your needs.