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Maintain Healthy Hearts: Which Tests Should Women Have? - Dr. Sorof

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Dr. Sorof describes the tests women should have to maintain a healthy heart. Dr. Sorof is a cardiologist with an emphasis on women's hearts at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Sorof:
Ladies, I’d like to give you an overview of the tests that are available and the screening that we can perform to give somebody a good heart healthy checkup. If somebody is healthy and has never had a heart problem and they are just coming in for screening, usually a standard EKG and some blood tests can let us know where they are as far as their risk factors. That would predispose them to coronary artery disease.

We check for blood levels of cholesterol, of glucose, of kidney function, we check thyroid levels and we do an EKG. If you do have anybody in your family that has had heart disease or a stroke and you are over the age of 40 we recommend at least doing a treadmill test, especially if there’s any kind of symptoms at all, such as chest pain or chest tightness.

If somebody is short of breath we do want to measure pressures and look at the valves of the heart and that would be an echocardiogram or an ultrasound of the heart. And like I said previous, in earlier my recommends, women who have a larger body habitus or who do not exercise regularly, should have additional imaging when they are having their treadmill test or their EKG treadmill, and that will give us a good, solid, sensitive and accurate test of how the heart is handling stress. And that could be both psychological stress and physical stress because both of them can exert themselves on the heart and cause heart attacks.

About Dr. Sorof, M.D.:
Dr. Suzanne Sorof, M.D., is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. She earned her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She also completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals Residency Program. Dr. Sorof completed her cardiology fellowship at MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She then completed a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Sorof has extensive training and experience in all aspects of clinical cardiology as well as cardiac and peripheral intervention.

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Condition: Heart Disease, High Cholesterol, Coronary Artery Disease,

Related Terms: Blocked Arteries, Clogged Arteries, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Heart Attack, Birth Control Pill, Metabolic Syndrome, Stress Test, EKG, Heart Palpitations, EEG, Echocardiogram, Treadmill Test

Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Health, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Banner Good Sam, Good Samaritan Medical Center,

Location: Phoenix, Arizona, AZ, Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale, Phoenix Metropolitan, 85006

Expert: Dr. Suzanne Sorof, Suzanne Sorof, M.D., Doctor Sorof, Cardiologist Suzanne Sorof, M.D

Expertise: Cardiology, Heart Specialist, HDL Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, High Cholesterol Symptoms, High Cholesterol Prevention, High Cholesterol Treatments, Heart Disease Diagnosis, Interventional Cardiology, Coronary Artery Disease, Peripheral Artery Disease

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