North Coast Cardiology, Inc. Katherine Ludington, MD, FACC
   4401 Manchester Avenue, Suite 106, Encinitas, CA 92024. Telephone (760) 753-0220. Fax (760) 753-2639.
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WHAT IS YOUR RISK OF CORONARY HEART DISEASE?

The American Heart Association has put together an excellent on-line calculator of heart disease risk based on a large study (>5000 people) called the "Framingham Study." Click on THIS LINK to calculate your risk of heart disease.

However, please note that since this study came out (the study began in the 1940s!), a number of other important heart disease risk factors have become recognized and need to be considered:

  1. A family history of heart attack or heart failure
  2. Diabetes
  3. Obesity and an inactive lifestyle
  4. Elevated C-reactive protein (CRP), homocysteine, or Lipoprotein (a) levels

The good news is that there are many effective ways to treat risk factors BEFORE they lead to a heart attack or stroke. Treatment options need to be tailored to individuals based on their particular risks. Changes in diet and exercise make a much larger positive impact on cholesterol and blood pressure than many people imagine. Some soy protein and vitamins such as Omega-3 acids and Co-enzyme Q have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels naturally. For hard to treat hypertension and high cholesterol, modern day medications offer effective and safe options to help prevent heart attacks, stroke and circulatory problems.

Dr. Ludington will tailor therapy to YOUR individual needs based on a thorough assessment of risks and any symptoms you may have. Be sure to come prepared to your appointment with a complte list of your current medications (if any) and a list of questions you would like to ask the doctor. Education is an excellent defense against disease!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
WHAT'S NEW?

A SIMPLE, 30 MINUTE TEST THAT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE.
Our office is proud to offer a brand new program, called "PLAQUE DETECT." This painless, noninvasive 30 minute test uses state of the art ultrasound to diagnose blockages in the carotid arteries, which can lead to stroke. The abdominal aorta and the circulation to the legs is also thoroughly evaluated. Finally, the function of the heart is analyzed, something that no other screening program offers.

OUR OFFICE WINS 2008, 2009, 2010, AND 2011 BEST OF ENCINITAS AWARD

The US Local Business Association awarded North Coast Cardiology the Best of Encinitas award again this year. This is our fourt year in a row! Congratulations to our team for earning this honor.

DIFFICULT TO TREAT BLOOD PRESSURE or CHOLESTEROL?
Dr. Ludington's expertise in hypertension and hypercholesterolemia treatment combines a thorough risk assessment with lifestyle changes and modern drug therapy, as needed.