The St. Joseph Hospital Heart and Vascular Center is dedicated to helping
you receive the medical care necessary to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Through our comprehensive cardiovascular assessment, you can have potential
health risks identified and evaluated in a personal, caring environment.
Prior to your scheduled appointment, please complete the following forms
and bring them with you to your appointment:
All heart screenings can be scheduled by calling (714) 744-8849 unless
Basic Heart Screening $60
Our team of clinical experts will help you understand the risks associated
with heart disease and what can be done to reduce them. The screening includes:
- 12-lead electrocardiogram
- Cardiac risk profile (report based on your risk factors)
- 50-minute one-on-one consultation with a cardiac nurse
- Blood pressure and heart rate
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Lipid profile (includes total cholesterol, HDL, triglycerides and glucose)
Basic Heart Screening with Coronary Calcium Screening $275
(Call 1-855-BUTKUSD to schedule and EBCT Coronary Calcium Screening)
Includes the following:
- Comprehensive Heart Risk Assessment (shown above)
- The ultra fast Electron Beam Computed Tomography (EBCT) Coronary Calcium Screening
Recent findings have prompted the American Heart Association and leading
researchers to recommend coronary calcium screening as a predictive tool
for cardiovascular disease, since ruptured plaque causes 90 percent of
all heart attacks. The EBCT Coronary Calcium Screening identifies the
location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries of at-risk
individuals. This 90-minute assessment is painless, and radiation exposure
is minimal. No special preparation, injection or sedation is required.
Persons with moderate risk for heart disease stand to gain the most from
this screening. Men and women over age 35 who have even one of the following
risk factors are urged to be screened:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Family history of cardiovascular disease
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Sedentary lifestyle
Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program $30 introductory cost
Customized weight loss and exercise program. Includes private 1-hour session
and 30 minute follow-up session with a wellness nurse and certified athletic
trainer/strength and conditioning specialist.
Exercise Program $30 introductory cost
Introductory program includes private 1-hour session with certified athletic
trainer/strength and conditioning specialist; home and gym exercise program
Injury Prevention - Functional Movement Screen $50
Private 1-hour session with certified athletic trainer/strength and conditioning
specialist and 30-minute follow-up. Identifies muscular imbalances and
weaknesses associated with injury risk. Customized corrective exercise program.
Healthy Moments $100
Includes three 30-minute sessions with behavioral health specialist.
Blood Draw $25
Through our Comprehensive Heart Risk Assessment and Vascular Screening
Programs you can opt to have a blood draw for the following test if desired.
Listed below is a brief description of each test that is included in the
blood draw. The screening nurse will call you with your results in 24-48
hours. Please inform your nurse if you would like this test done instead
of the finger stick screening for the lipid profile test.
- HMCY (Homocysteine) - This compound is a marker for atherosclerosis (fatty
deposits in the lining of the arteries, which may lead to coronary heart
disease and stroke). Excess HMCY produces thickening and scarring within
artery tissues. If you have high LDL cholesterol and add high HMCY to
the mix, atherosclerosis is more likely. If the HMCY presents with an
elevated level of HMCY it may act as an independent risk factor for ischemic
heart disease, peripheral arterial disease and venous thrombosis
- CRPUQ (C-Reactive Protein) - Usually called a CRP test, the C-Reactive
Protein test measures inflammation in the body. CRP is being evaluated
for use as a marker of cardiovascular risk. C-Reactive Protein is a nonspecific,
acute-phase reactant used to diagnose bacterial infectious disease and
- GLU (GLUCOSE) - The glucose test measures the body’s ability to metabolize
glucose. Glucose is the sugar that the body uses for energy. Patients
with untreated diabetes have high blood glucose levels. The glucose test
is one of the tools used to make the diagnosis of diabetes.
- LPP (Lipoproteins) - Lipoproteins are considered to be an accurate predictor
of coronary heart disease. As part of the “Lipid Profile”
these tests are performed to indicate persons at risk for developing heart
disease and to monitor therapy if abnormalities are found. The “Lipid
Profile” usually includes total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL,
LDL and VLDL.
Atrial Fibrillation Risk Assessment $30
Atrial fibrillation (a type of arrhythmia) causes a disruption in the normal function of the
electrical conduction system of the heart. The heart's two small upper
chambers (the atria) quiver instead of beating effectively. Blood isn't
pumped completely out of them, so it may pool and clot. This condition
increases the risk of a stroke. Atrial fibrillation screening includes:
- 12-lead electrocardiogram
- One-minute rhythm strip
- Review of risk factors
- 20-minute consultation with a cardiac nurse
Sudden Cardiac Arrest $95
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) claims the lives of over 450,000 Americans
each year and is the number one killer in the United States. SCA can result
in the death of individuals who may or may not know of pre-existing heart
SCA often occurs in active, seemingly healthy people with no known heart
disease or other health problems. However, most victims already have heart
disease or other health problems of which they are completely unaware.
Fortunately, lives can be saved with early detection.
A comprehensive cardiac screening, including both an Electrocardiogram
(EKG/ECG) and an Echocardiogram (ECHO), can alert you to risks associated
with certain serious cardiac diseases. These two screenings are generally
considered to be the most effective screenings available and may help
uncover serious heart conditions that potentially can lead to SCA.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a serious health risk factor leading
to stroke, heart attack and sudden death. Unfortunately, most people are
not aware they are at risk until it’s too late. The St. Joseph Hospital
Heart and Vascular Center offers the following PAD screenings. The cost
is $95 and includes all three screenings.
Stroke / Carotid Artery Screening - A noninvasive test to look for plaques that can cause a stroke. The carotid
artery is in your neck and is one of the main arteries that supplies blood
to your brain. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in this country.
More than half of all strokes in older Americans are due to carotid artery
disease and there are proven treatments to reduce strokes in those cases.
Abdominal Aortic Screening - A noninvasive test to look for an aneurysm. The abdominal aorta is the
large artery that carries blood to the lower half of your body. An aneurysm
is a weakened area of your aorta that has distended and could potentially
rupture. This is the tenth leading cause of death in men over 50 in this
country, but most people don’t know they have an aneurysm. An aneurysm
can be permanently cured when it is diagnosed early, but rupture is fatal
in most cases.
Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening - Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI): a test to look for peripheral arterial disease
(PAD). This is a measurement of blood flow at the ankle level to check
for any blockages that may have developed in the arteries of your legs.
PAD affects the health of millions of older Americans, at least a quarter
of those over 70. People with PAD have a much higher risk of stroke and
heart attack, but these risks can be reduced if PAD is diagnosed early.
To schedule a screening, please call (714) 744-8849. To schedule an EBCT
Coronary Calcium Screening, call 1-855-BUTKUSD (288-5873).