Cardiac Protection Plan
Why wait for a cardiac event before taking control of your health? Preventive care is the best way to ensure a long and happy life with the ones you love.
The Cardiac Protection Plan at False Creek Healthcare gives you exclusive access to world-class cardiovascular expertise and technology at our Vancouver clinic. The Cardiac Protection Plan will assess your current cardiac health, identify any issues or potential problems, and recommend a protection plan to limit your risks for cardiovascular disease.
What is cardiovascular disease?
Each year more than one million North Americans suffer from a heart attack, which is often fatal. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer and source of disability for both men and women in North America, and kills more Canadians and Americans than the next seven causes of death combined – including cancer.
Cardiovascular disease affects the blood vessels of the heart and other vital organs. Hardening and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis) often leads to further damage, which can result in heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.
Vascular injury can start in adolescence and progress slowly for decades. Unfortunately, cardiovascular disease often goes undetected until patients enter advanced stages that include serious, life-threatening symptoms.
Benefits of the Cardiac Protection Plan
Due to burgeoning costs and an aging population, the Canadian health care system is currently unable to fund preventive cardiac health care, including prompt diagnostic testing and routine screening. However, both the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend cardiovascular screening in asymptomatic, middle-aged men and women.
The Cardiac Protection Plan has been developed to serve patients with or without known heart disease. Whether or not you have symptoms, common risk factors for cardiovascular disease include:
- High blood cholesterol and lipids
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease
By modifying your risk factors and making positive lifestyle changes, you can slow the progress of cardiovascular disease and maintain good cardiac health.
What to expect from the Cardiac Protection Plan
You will be asked to bring all pertinent medical information about your cardiac health and any other pre-existing conditions. To ensure proper blood tests, you may also be required to fast, starting at midnight on the previous day. Your first appointment will begin with a thorough physical examination and assessment by the coordinating physician in our Cardiac Program.
The Cardiac Protection Plan at False Creek Healthcare also includes:
- Comprehensive blood tests & analysis
- 12-lead Electrocardiogram (ECG) & Cardiac Echo (EKG) tests
- Exercise stress test
- Discretionary consultation with a Registered Dietitian
- Discretionary Coronary CT, Angiography (CCTA) & Holter monitoring
- Blood pressure screening
Why choose False Creek Healthcare?
In addition to our world-class cardiac technology, each and every one of our physicians, technologists, radiologists and care coordinators has years of experience and a commitment to excellence. Our modern facility and patient-centred philosophy will ensure you have a positive experience at every turn. Let us help you achieve optimal health and wellness in a professional, clinical setting.
If you’d like to learn more about our Cardiac Protection Plan, request an appointment today.