UPMC Passavant Cardiovascular Screenings
Part of the mission of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Passavant is to educate people about the risks of heart disease. If you're at risk, a screening check can be an important step and could uncover an undetected problem early, when there's a good chance to treat the problem effectively.
1. Find Out your Risk
Uncontrollable risk factors include:
- Family History — Your risk is higher if a family member has had heart problems.
- Age — If you are a man, your risk for a heart attack increases after age 45. If you are a woman, your risk increases after age 55.
- Previous Heart Disease — Certain conditions increase your risk for having a heart attack. These include fatty deposits inside your arteries (atherosclerosis), a previous heart attack, chest pain related to a lack of oxygen in the heart muscle (angina), or a prior heart bypass surgery.
- Race — Your risk is higher if you are African American, Mexican American, or native Hawaiian.
Controllable risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- Lack of physical activity
- High blood sugar (diabetes)
2. Get Screened
If you're at risk, you can get screened by calling our center at 1-800-533-UPMC to schedule a comprehensive evaluation (covered by insurance in most cases).