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  • Heart Scan Screening

    CT Medical Examination of Patients at Risk of Suffering a Heart Attack Coronary Artery Calcium Score

    Risk of Heart Disease

    If you would like to know if you are at risk for heart disease consider undergoing a CT Cardiac Scoring. Such an examination will tell you about the calcium load in your coronary arteries, a known predictor of the risk for a heart attack, and can indicate the presence or absence of lesions called “plaques” which may cause narrowing of these arteries, reducing blood supply to the heart muscle which may lead to a heart attack. Only early diagnosis can ensure timely measures to reduce the risk factors and follow-up treatment if necessary to help prevent the onset of heart disease.

    Heart attacks are currently the most common cause of death in the USA and Europe . Some 175,000 deaths attributable to this disorder occur each year in Germany alone. Of these 25% occur among persons who are less than 70 years old – and 40% without prior symptoms.

    Who is a high-risk person?

    You belong to a high-risk group if any of the following factors apply to you:

    • You have a high cholesterol level
    • You have high triglyceride values
    • You smoke
    • You have high blood pressure
    • You are hereditarily at risk
    • You have diabetes
    • Any of the factors in combination with a sedentary lifestyle

    How is the examination performed?

    The examination can be performed in approximately 15 seconds. Once you are settled comfortably, the CT scanner takes several images of the heart’s major arteries and identifies the presence or lack of calcium within the major vessels. A positive coronary calcium score result serves as a good indicator of the risk for certain types of heart attack. A negative calcium score result is a good indicator that coronary vessels are intact.

    Early detection is everything. Many times, people with heart disease have few visible symptoms. Yet heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women in America. Now there’s a non-invasive test that could save your life or the life of someone you love. Our heart scan is an excellent screening tool that measures the amount of calcium (plaque) in the coronary arteries.

    Calcium is medically proven to be a clinical marker for coronary artery disease and has been confirmed to be the most powerful predictor of heart attacks, sudden death and other manifestations of coronary heart disease. This screening tool detects plaque years, or even decades, before stress testing or any other type of non-invasive technology. The sooner coronary artery disease is detected, the greater the chance it can be stopped or reversed, often by medication or simple lifestyle changes. The key is early detection.

    Your Heart Scan

    Using a special state-of-the-art, high-speed CT scanner from GE Medical, we look inside the heart and its arteries for calcium build-up. Other traditional exams, such as treadmill stress tests, only help to detect restrictions of blood-flow, whereas a heart scan views the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries. This test is safe, painless and takes less than 30 minutes.

    Your Results

    Our specially trained radiologist will read and interpret your heart scan. The coronary artery calcification score measures the volume and distribution of calcification in the arteries of the heart. The calcium score is compared to a database of people within the same demographics group to determine risk. The results of the calcium score help to identify those at risk so that corrective measures can be taken. Equipped with this information, your personal physician can recommend lifestyle changes to help slow, stop or even reverse heart disease.

    Who Should Consider a Heart Scan? Prime candidates for a heart scan are men age 40-plus and women age 45-plus or with one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a history of cardiac disease in the family.

    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for both men and women in America.