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
- 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?
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
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?
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.