Mount Sinai Medical Center has long been a leader in South Florida’s treatment of heart disease. In fact, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration, Mount Sinai performs the highest volume of open heart valve surgeries in the entire state of Florida and provides the best survival rates in the state amongst surgeons who perform a high volume of complex cases.
However, cardiovascular disease continues to be the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States. Because more than half the people who die suddenly from cardiovascular disease have no previous symptoms, it is important to determine one’s risk level of developing heart disease as well as which current health characteristics may be putting one at greater risk. Mount Sinai knows that prevention and early detection are essential in the fight against heart disease which is why a free online tool was developed and placed on the homepage of the hospital’s website (www.msmc.com) that will provide users with their 10 year risk of developing heart disease as well as their “heart age”.
The Mount Sinai Heart Profiler is an interactive tool that helps people understand their risk of developing heart disease based on their personal risk factors, including blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, weight, age, family and medical history, physical activity, and smoking habits. Users will learn their 10-year risk of having a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack, stroke, heart failure or peripheral artery disease. The profiler also will help users determine their “heart age,” which compares their risk of developing cardiovascular disease against someone without any risk factors. The fewer risk factors one has, the closer one’s heart age will be to his/her actual age.
At the end of the test, user will be allowed to print out a detailed report of their results. The Mount Sinai Heart Profiler is an educational tool that provides information Mount Sinai hopes users will share with their doctors to help reduce their risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event.
To take the Mount Sinai Heart Profiler test, visit the homepage of www.msmc.com and click “Are You Young at Heart?” If you do not already have a doctor to review your results with or would like to seek a second opinion, the Mount Sinai physician referral line can help. Just call 305-674-CARE (2273) or visit www.msmc.com.