20 February, 2016

Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?

Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. How can you find out if you are at risk?

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring (CACS) can accurately detect the presence of atherosclerosis (calcified plaques in the coronary arteries) and assess the subsequent risk of heart attack. With this information, your doctor will be able to recommend the appropriate treatment, including lifestyle changes, medication and/or additional testing. How is the screening done? This safe and painless procedure is performed with an ultra-fast CT scanner that takes multiple pictures of the moving heart. The entire procedure takes only minutes. A special computer program analyzes the images and determines the presence and amount of calcium.

Who should consider having a CACS Test?

Anyone with the following risk factors should consider having this test:

  • Men over 45

  • High blood pressure

  • Women over 55

  • High stress lifestyle

  • Smoker or 2nd hand exposure

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • High cholesterol

  • Obesity

  • Family history of Coronary Artery Disease

  • Diabetes

 

Learn more about Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring and other heart related imaging.

20 February, 2016 | NEWS