2,200 people die every day from heart disease.(7)
That is equivalent to 11 Boeing 727s crashing every day.
HeartSmart is the embodiment of the belief that early detection of heart disease will save lives.
We aim to test those before there is a cardiovascular event. HeartSmart is geared towards primary prevention prior to onset of CVD.
Our comprehensive report not only helps doctors care for their patients, but is meaningful to patients and convinces and moves patients to the needed lifestyle changes.
We calculate well-known cardiovascular risk scores and provide them for patients, expressing relevant lifestyle changes at a personal level, including specific issues to improve one’s health.
HeartSmart is a streamlined set of tests, or biomarkers, that is specifically designed to assess a patient’s cardiovascular risk for having an event like a myocardial infarction (MI) or a stroke (CVA). It includes focused additional assessments that attempt to address some of the most common contributors for fatigue, dysfunction, and dysmetabolic conditions.
These biomarkers pinpoint areas of concern that have been proven to be informative of existing cardiovascular abnormalities. The Framingham Heart Study is the largest, oldest cardiovascular study that started in 1948. Currently there are over 1000 scientific studies that reference this original work, seeking to improve predictive risk and focus on specific methods to reduce overall mortality, heart attacks, stroke and other chronic, debilitating health issues. The Reynolds Risk Score (from Harvard) is also factored into HeartSmart’s calculations. We draw from such knowledge and bring alongside this collective insight. As such, this set of biomarkers is a baseline for discussion between each individual and their provider.
HeartSmart screens for a wide range of different issues. See the graphic for a list.
Many insurance policies cover HeartSmart testing with only a copay as the patient responsibility! This is not a guarantee, but an estimate based off of previous claims. Final benefit will be determined by the insurance company once claims have been processed. Talk to a HeartSmart clinic for your cost estimate.
While the vast majority of insurances cover these tests, our experience is that many patients who are cash-pay or who have high deductibles choose to pay out-of-pocket when they see the value of improving their future health with such knowledge.
For the greatest success of the program, patients and providers should be ready to further investigate abnormal findings and work towards optimal results. The overall summary of each individual’s test is most meaningful if the patient and provider work together to formulate a plan of intervention to improve overall fitness and health.