You could spend a lifetime worrying about your heart. Or in a few minutes find out if you really have a problem that needs to be addressed. The most effective treatment for heart disease is prevention. The earlier the warning signs of heart disease can be detected, the sooner you can begin reducing your risk. But for many people, there are no warning signs. For example, half of the people who suffer heart attacks have normal levels of cholesterol. Others do not even have high blood pressure. For over 150,000 Americans a year, the very first sign of coronary artery disease is sudden death.
A remarkable technology called Coronary CT Angiography (CTA) can provide the earliest possible evidence of developing coronary artery disease, the condition that leads to heart attacks. Coronary CTA can also provide the reassurance of knowing that your healthy lifestyle is helping to prevent one.
A Coronary CTA scan can discover signs of heart disease that would be invisible in EKGs, stress testing, calcium scoring and even cardiac catheterization. Unlike calcium scoring, coronary CTA can identify what is known as "vulnerable plaque," the type of arterial plaque most likely to develop into a life-threatening blockage.
Coronary CTA provides much of the information that conventional cardiac catheterization does but because of its unique ability to see the wall of the artery, it provides important information that can be invisible on catheterization. Because Coronary CTA uses CT scanning instead of catheterization, it's safer, painless, and non-invasive.The scan itself is completed in less than a minute. Coronary CTA is a procedure so advanced, only a handful of practices nationwide have the experience, expertise,and technology to provide it. Fortunately, one of them is at Atlantic Medical Imaging. The Galloway, Cape May Court House and Wall Township locations offers Coronary CTA.
Should you be concerned? If you have one or more of these risk factors, you should talk with your physician:
And remember, heart disease affects both men and women. While men are more susceptible at an earlier age, a woman's risk of having a heart attack rises sharply after menopause.