Supporting healthy hearts in Denver

A healthy heart is important to your overall well-being, and Sky Ridge Medical Center offers an array of heart screening and imaging services to check that your heart is working correctly. Our experienced technologists use state-of-the-art imaging equipment to quickly and accurately diagnose any problems, enabling your doctor to make the best treatment decision possible regarding your heart care.

Our cardiac screening and testing services

Our heart imaging and screening services include:

  • Angiography
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Echocardiogram (echo)
  • Stress test

Cardiac MRI

A cardiac MRI is a non-invasive test that produces images of the heart while it is beating. In addition to determining whether heart tissue is viable after a heart attack, MRIs are commonly used to:

  • Discern structural abnormalities such as congenital defects, or diseases that damage the heart
  • Differentiate tumors or masses in the heart (such as myxoma) from blood clots
  • Identify the presence of aneurysms that may occur after heart attack
  • Diagnose heart conditions such as hypertrophy, valve abnormalities and other problems

Blood pressure testing

Your blood pressure is a key indicator of heart health and is a standard test during most medical appointments. Blood pressure essentially shows how hard your heart is working to pump blood through your arteries.

Based on current guidelines set by the American Heart Association, a blood pressure reading of less than 120/80 is considered normal, while a reading of 130/80 or higher is classified as hypertension (also called high blood pressure).

Health risks associated with high blood pressure

Having high blood pressure means your heart muscle is pumping against high resistance. This additional pressure in your arteries can lead to serious health conditions, including:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Heart attack
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Impaired blood flow
  • Stroke
  • Artery damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Eye damage

What you can do about high blood pressure

Nearly half the adult population in the U.S. suffers from hypertension. There is no cure for high blood pressure, but a combination of lifestyle modifications and medication can help manage the condition and reduce your risk of complications. Your cardiologist or physician can guide you through the changes you should be making, which might include:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting salt intake
  • Scaling back alcohol consumption
  • Eating a well-balanced diet
  • 30 minutes of sustained physical activity or exercise at least five days a week
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Sticking to your medication schedule

Visit Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates in Castle Rock

4386 Trail Boss Drive
Castle Rock, CO 80104

To schedule an appointment at our Castle Rock office, call (303) 534-9563.