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Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the US
Two-thirds of US women who die suddenly of a heart attack had no symptoms
50% of heart attack victims have normal blood pressure
50% of heart attack victims have normal cholesterol
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women over age 25 in the United States

 

 

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Heart Disease FAQ

Early Heart Disease Detection FAQ

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Heart Disease

What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is an umbrella term that includes conditions such as coronary artery disease, stroke, heart attack, cardiac arrest, heart failure, arrhythmias and heart defects.

The most common cause of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), or atherosclerosis, which is a blocked or narrowed coronary artery that supplies the heart with blood. This contributes to 71% of all heart disease deaths.


How common is Heart Disease?

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, more than diabetes, AIDS and ALL cancers combined.

This year more than 920,000 Americans will have a heart attack; nearly half of them will occur without prior symptoms or warning signs.


How do I get heart disease?

In general, heart disease is a gradual buildup of fatty plaque deposits in your arteries. The plaques that have built up in the arteries break off and cause a blockage, or can build up to completely block an artery.

Stress or heavy exertion can rupture a plaque. The body sees this burst plaque and, in the same way it would heal a cut finger, tries to repair the damage by forming a blood clot. This blood clot may block off the already narrow artery (coronary thrombus) causing a heart attack, or a piece of the clot may break away (embolus) and lodge in a different artery (causing an embolism). For example, if the embolus blocks an artery in the brain, this causes a stroke.


How can I prevent heart disease?

First, get tested at HeartSavers™ to determine if you have early heart disease or not. Early detection can stop or reverse heart disease far faster and inexpensively than if you wait.
Generally, a healthy lifestyle will prevent heart disease in most people. This means eating more fruits and vegetables, increasing your physical activity, stop smoking, moderate or eliminate your alcohol intake, minimize stress, and adhere to your medications.

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Early Heart Disease Detection

Why should I take these tests?

Historically heart disease has been difficult to detect (50% of heart victims have normal cholesterol and normal blood pressure readings). With the patented HeartSavers™ tests we can now identify heart disease at the earliest known detection – the elasticity of your small arteries. Scientifically proven and backed by decades of research, our method can help give you peace of mind, while also setting the stage to help you prevent, stop, and reverse heart disease progression.


How is this different than other tests that my doctor gives me?

HeartSavers™ is focused specifically on heart disease. Our patented method to detect heart disease at its earliest gives you the time you need to stop and even reverse heart disease should it be detected in you. We focus on accurately determining the elasticity of your blood vessels, especially the small arteries. No other tests can do this systemically. Other similar tests are not as accurate, are not scientifically backed by research, and do not have the years of evidence-based medicine behind them like HeartSavers™ has. Only HeartSavers™ has the expertise, equipment, process, and knowledge to detect heart disease at it’s earliest.


At what age should I get tested, and how often?

Our tests are for adults aged 18-80. We recommend you get evaluated every 2-3 years if healthy. If you have disease markers and/or risk factors of heart disease, we recommend you get evaluated annually.


How long has HeartSavers offered these services?

HeartSavers™ started out as the Rasmussen Center for CardioVascular Disease Detection, which opened in 2001 at the University of Minnesota. HeartSavers™ is affiliated with the Rasmussen Center, University of Minnesota, School of Medicine, Cardiology Department and opened its skyway clinic in Minneapolis, MN in 2012.


Is HeartSavers™ insured?

Yes. We are also a member of the Better Business Bureau and the Wellness Council of America.


I have a doctor. Why do I need HeartSavers™?

Your doctor can be a valuable partner in regards to heart disease detection, as well as many other heart disease detection services. Feel free to ask your doctor about our services.

Many doctors recommend early detection, as they recognize the testings can be an important complement to an individuals care. We can help you get the heart disease information you and your physician need to work toward improving your heart health.


Can a physician do this type of early heart disease detection service as part of my routine physical?

HeartSavers™ is working with various healthcare organizations and physicians to bring this type of preventive test as part of your annually physical.


Does Medicare or insurance cover your services?

Please call us for details.

 

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About Our Services

How long do the services take?

Our 4-test service, Cardio101, takes approximately 20 minutes, depending on information gathering needed beforehand, as well as any questions about the tests or results.

Our 10-test service, Cardio1000, takes approximately 90 minutes.


Can I eat or drink anything before the services?

You do not need to fast for our 4-test service, Cardio101.

Our 10-test service, Cardio1000, will require you to fast for at least 8 hours for the cholesterol blood tests and urine samples that are part of the service. You also need to fast for 4 hours before the abdominal aortic ultrasound and not consume any alcohol for 24 hours.


Are the services non-invasive?

Yes. Our 4-test service is completely non-invasive.

Our 10-test service, Cardio1000, is non-invasive. We do, however, require a blood sample for the blood testing we do as part of the service. This can be considered by some as being mildly invasive.


What type of equipment is used?

For all of our services, we use state-of-the-art equipment and technologies that are standard in medical practices throughout the world. All of our equipment is FDA approved.


What kind of training have your personnel received?

All of our personnel have the required certifications, education, and experience to administer the services. They also undergo extensive training on all of our processes, procedures, and equipment when they are hired. We utilize a third party to process our blood testing and urine samples.


I am concerned about privacy. How private is the service location?

For all of our locations, the services are administered in a private room, or a private area with privacy screens completely surrounding the testing area, and separate from the waiting room. For the 4 test service, Cardio101, you do not need to remove any clothing. For our 10-test service, Cardio1000, you will need to remove shoes and socks for a couple of tests, and you may need to open or remove your shirt to administer 2 tests. We will provide a private area for you to prepare for these tests, as well as a medical gown to ensure privacy during the testing.


How do I prepare for a visit?

For our 4-test service, Cardio101, you can arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment if you need to fill out the necessary forms. You can fill out the necessary forms when you make your appointment online, or anytime before your appointment via our Customer Portal. The same applies for our 10-test service, Cardio1000.

For our 10-test service, Cardio1000, you will also need additional preparation:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to obtain your laboratory samples. The abdominal ultrasound and laboratory tests require that you fast (no food, water only) for at least 8 hours and no alcohol for 24 hours prior to having your blood drawn. You may take your medications with water. You are welcome to bring a snack to have after this portion of your testing is completed.

  • Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking. We will check your blood pressure during a brief activity test using a treadmill. This is not a stress test. You may also need to remove your shoes and socks so women may find it more convenient not to wear panty hose.

  • A urine sample will be needed when you arrive at the clinic.

  • Your appointment will include a photo of the back of your eye. Although we do not need to dilate your eyes, we will need you to remove contact lenses for this test. Please bring any equipment you need to remove your contacts or wear glasses.

  • Except for having blood drawn, all of the diagnostic tests are conducted on the surface of the body.


Can I have the services if I have a pacemaker?

Yes.


Can I have the services if I am in a wheelchair?

Yes. The walking blood pressure test on the treadmill will not be administered, but we will perform alternative activity blood pressure test in its place. We will also be able to assist you with turning around and sitting and lying down on a table.


How accurate are your test results?

For our 4-test service, Cardio101, in our last clinical study, we have zero false positives and very limited false negatives - very good results. This is extremely accurate compared to most other medical tests.

We adhere to strict protocols, procedures, and processes to ensure accuracy. We also hire qualified staff and train them extensively, as well as ensure quality state-of-the-art medical equipment to administer the tests.


Can I bring a spouse, friend or family member along?

We encourage couples, friends, and adult family members to be tested together. To go through the testing together means greater understanding of your heart health. It is helpful to have another set of “ears” to listen to the information that is provided during the tests.


What if something is identified that needs immediate attention?

Our early detection program is developed for those individuals who do not have cardiac symptoms (primary detection) but who are concerned that they may have or will develop cardiovascular disease. Signs, symptoms or diagnostic test results that require immediate attention are usually identified during your visit and will be communicated to you immediately. Other than the blood glucose, the laboratory tests do not typically require immediate attention. If your glucose (blood sugar) is significantly elevated we will tell you.


What if I have questions about the tests and my results report?

At the end of your testing we will sit down with you to discuss your results. If you have been tested with our Cardio1000 service, the discussion will be detailed and involve an individualized plan for your life long heart health. We can email your results to you immediately, or we can print out the report for you to take with you. The report will also be available to you to view/print in the Customer Portal off of our website. Some laboratory results may be delayed a day or two due to processing requirement, and those results will be communicated to you immediately when they become available.


What do I do if treatment is recommended?

If your detection plan includes a recommendation for treatment or additional evaluation you will need to choose a provider to help you implement your detection plan. You can choose to follow with your family physician/provider or we can provide you with a referral to an appropriate primary physician or specialist.

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