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Heart Screening: What to Expect

With many health risks, if you don’t know the baseline numbers when you’re healthy, you won’t know how serious a change in your health can be. At Piedmont Heart Institute, we offer an initial heart disease risk assessment, especially for women, as a baseline to monitor and set standards of your heart health. By knowing your numbers – such as cholesterol and blood pressure – you and your physician can more quickly identify any concerns or issues.


Women’s Heart Disease Risk Screening - What to Expect

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment and expect to stay for 1 to 1.5 hours.

You do not have to be fasting for this appointment. Our  Nurse Practitioner will determine your risk for heart disease by completing a thorough cardiovascular evaluation, which will include:

  • Complete Health History: Includes family history, pregnancy history, risk for depression, assessment of sleep habits and assessment of exercise capacity.
     
  • Physical exam: Includes a complete heart exam, with arm blood pressures and a special measurement, called an ABI (Ankle brachial index), to screen for circulation abnormalities in your legs. Your waist circumference will be measured and your BMI will be calculated. We will also check an ECG to check the electrical activity of your heart.
     
  • Extensive Lab Work: We will process a simple finger stick using a cholestech machine that will give us a small drop of blood. This machine will give us your blood sugar and cholesterol panel results within 5 minutes. After your visit, you will have labs drawn via venipuncture (out of your vein) that will provide inflammatory markers (CRP, C reactive protein) and Lp(a) which is a high risk cholesterol marker. 
     
  • Heart Health Report: During your visit, you will receive a heart health report that will be customized for you with next steps. The following day our Nurse Practitioner will either call or email you with your lab results that were drawn via venipuncture as these results are not available the day of your visit.
     

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Screening Locations

Risk screenings are conveniently located at a range of Piedmont Healthcare locations:

Piedmont Heart of Buckhead
275 Collier Road NW, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-605-2800

Piedmont Heart of Fayetteville
1267 Highway 54 West, Suite 2100
Fayetteville, GA 30214
770-719-5880

Piedmont Heart of Jasper
220 J.L. White Drive, Suite 100
Jasper, GA 30143
706-253-8001

Piedmont Heart of Newnan
775 Poplar Road, Suite 230
Newnan, GA 30265
770-254-6089

Piedmont Heart of Perimeter
6115 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Suite 300
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
678-320-3600

Piedmont Heart of Sharpsburg
20 Francis Way
Sharpsburg, GA 30277
770-253-0611

Piedmont Heart of Athens - Hospital Campus
242 King Avenue, Suite 210
Athens, GA 30606
706-475-1700

Piedmont Heart of Athens - Oconee Health Park
1305 Jennings Mill Road, Suite 250
Watkinsville, GA 30677
706-475-1700

 
 
 

 

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