St. Luke's Heart Check

St. Luke's Heart Check is a series of five tests to assess your heart, vascular and stroke health. The cost for all five tests plus a consultation with a St. Luke's heart care expert is $195. A comprehensive blood test is also available for $40.

What does the testing include?

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) - Sometimes also abbreviated as an ECG, this test measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat. By measuring time intervals, testing can determine if electrical activity is normal, fast, slow or irregular. Results can also show if parts of the heart are enlarged or overworked.
  • Echocardiogram (ECHO) - By using a handheld device placed on the chest, ultrasound waves produce pictures showing the size of the heart, its motion and structure. Testing assesses the overall function of the heart muscle and heart valves, and can provide valuable information about the presence of many types of heart disease.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm test - An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs when the wall of the aorta (which is a large blood vessel that extends into the abdomen) becomes weakened, balloons out and can rupture. The condition generally does not have any symptoms but can be detected with an ultrasound screening.
  • Carotid artery ultrasound - Carotid arteries are large arteries on each side of the neck that supply the brain with oxygen-rich blood. Ultrasound image testing can show whether plaque has narrowed one or both of the arteries, reducing blood flow to the brain and increasing the risk of a stroke.
  • Ankle-Brachial Index test for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) - PAD is a circulatory condition in which blood flow to the arms and legs is reduced due to narrowing of the arteries. A common symptom of PAD is leg pain when walking. Testing involves measuring the blood pressure in the ankle and comparing it to the blood pressure reading taken at the arm.

What does the optional blood test include?
The optional blood test is an additional $40 and includes:

  • Lipid Panel to determine total cholesterol, calculated LDL ("bad" cholesterol), HDL ("good" cholesterol) and Triglycerides, another form of fat in the blood. This group of tests can determine risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) provides important information about the current status of the kidneys, liver, and electrolyte and acid/base balance as well as your blood sugar and blood proteins. This panel includes testing Albumin, ALT, AST, Bilirubin, Carbon Dioxide, Calcium, Chloride, Creatinine, Glucose, Alkaline Phosphatase, Potassium, Total Protein, Sodium and Blood Urea Nitrogen.
  • Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test screens for and helps diagnose thyroid disorders.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I've seen these types of screenings offered by companies I've never heard of. Why is this any different?
While you've probably seen advertisements for traveling companies that offer screenings on a mobile unit, the St. Luke's Heart Check gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing the tests are performed and checked by
St. Luke's doctors, nurses and technicians. This testing also includes a consultation with a St. Luke's heart care expert to discuss your results and advise follow-up care.

Who should be tested?
The Heart Check program is open to anyone concerned about their cardiac health. Those with a past history of heart disease or stroke- either personally or in their family- are especially encouraged to participate.

Where are the tests performed and how long will it take?
All tests are performed at St. Luke's during one appointment. Plan on the appointment lasting one and a half to two hours. Results are available the same day, so your consultation with a heart care expert to discuss your results will take place before you leave.

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