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Cardiac Evaluations

Annette  Osher, MD -  - Internal Medicine Physician

Annette Osher, MD

Internal Medicine Physician & Cardiologist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

A cardiac evaluation can tell you about the parameters of your heart health and functioning. At her private practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Annette Osher, MD, provides cardiac evaluations for aging patients who are at risk for heart disease. To assess your risk and find out if you could benefit from a cardiac evaluation, call Dr. Osher’s New York City office or book an appointment online today.

Cardiac Evaluations Q & A

What are cardiac evaluations?

Cardiac evaluations involve a series of tests to check the functioning of your heart. With heart disease as a leading cause of death among Americans, it’s important to check in on the health of your heart if you’re at risk. Dr. Osher performs the tests and helps you interpret their results. 

If the results of your cardiac evaluation indicate that you have heart disease or are at risk, Dr. Osher can help you improve your health with lifestyle changes. She often recommends dietary adjustments, exercise, stress management, habit adjustments with drinking and smoking, and more to help prevent cardiac complications. If you need them, she can also prescribe medications to improve your heart health. 

What does a cardiac evaluation entail?

Your cardiac evaluation with Dr. Osher includes several tests to take different readings of your heart’s functioning. For your evaluation, she may perform:

Cardiac ultrasound

Cardiac ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to render a real-time image of your heart. Dr. Osher views it to determine the size of your heart muscles and valves. 

Electrocardiogram

An electrocardiogram is a reading of your heartbeat. The test records your heartbeat on a graph using the electrical signals from your heart muscles. 

Stress test

A stress test measures your heart’s functioning under an increased demand for oxygen. During the test, Dr. Osher asks you to perform physical activity while monitoring your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. 

What can a cardiac evaluation tell me?

The results of your cardiac evaluation describe your heart health and can help you and Dr. Osher decide whether you need to make lifestyle changes or undergo treatment for various forms of heart disease. 

Heart disease encompasses several complications affecting your heart and cardiovascular system, including:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Arrhythmia
  • Coronary artery disease 
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart valve problems

Dr. Osher tells you if you need treatment of any kind for your condition and what your treatment will entail. 

Should I get a cardiac evaluation?

Dr. Osher assesses your risk factors to decide whether you’ll benefit from a cardiac evaluation. You may be at a higher-than-average risk for heart disease if you:

  • Have a family history of heart disease
  • Are 65 or older
  • Are obese
  • Smoke
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Eat lots of fat, salt, or sugar

Dr. Osher helps you review your risk factors and find ways to reduce them. She might recommend getting cardiac evaluations as you age, even if you don’t have other risk factors. 

To explore your risk factors for heart disease and find out if you should get a cardiac evaluation, call Annette Osher, MD, or request an appointment online today.