Heart care and prevention in Columbus, NE
At Columbus Cardiology Clinic, we are focused on prevention. We want to help you live your best life, and that includes reducing risk factors for heart disease. While some of those factors are out of your control, there are many things you can do right now to become more heart-healthy. Heart disease risk factors include:
- Family history – If you have a close relative who developed heart disease at a young age, you may be more likely to develop it yourself.
- Cholesterol – If you have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also known as “bad cholesterol,” you may be more likely to have heart problems.
- High blood pressure – Also known as hypertension, this can lead to heart failure, stroke and heart attack.
- Diabetes – If you have diabetes, high blood sugar levels can cause fatty deposits in your arteries that can lead to heart disease.
- Smoking – Smoking damages and narrows the arteries, which leads to heart disease.
- Physical inactivity – This increases your risk of being overweight, having high blood pressure and developing other conditions that damage your heart.
- Being overweight – Losing weight can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Diet – A balanced diet is composed of plenty of fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates and protein. You should avoid excess fats, salts and sugars.
Columbus Cardiology Clinic provides all cardiovascular services in collaboration with other Columbus Community Hospital departments, including:
- Echocardiogram (echo) – This is an ultrasound test that checks your heart’s structure and function.
- Stress testing – A stress test involves exercising or taking medications, both with an aim to increase blood flow to your heart and assess its function.
- Cardiac rehabilitation – Columbus Community Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Program is a medically supervised exercise program that helps patients with heart disease recover faster.
- Invasive and noninvasive cardiovascular services – Columbus Community Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab is equipped with advanced technology to treat critically ill heart patients.
To make an appointment or learn more about the services we offer at Columbus Cardiology Clinic, call 402-562-4835.