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New Jersey Coronary CTA

A Valuable Tool in Heart Attack Prevention

Coronary CT Angiography (CTA) is the least-invasive CT exam currently available for detecting coronary artery disease. In 2001, Atlantic Medical Imaging was the first imaging center in South Jersey to offer Coronary CTA. This procedure is so advanced that only a handful of imaging centers in the world have the technology and skilled personnel qualified to perform it. With this test, we can detect heart disease in its earliest stages, catching signs that would be invisible in other exams such as an EKG or stress test.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women. This disease is particularly dangerous because it rarely has any noticeable symptoms. Keeping up with your heart and vascular health can tell you what kind of lifestyle changes you need to make to prevent a heart attack or stroke.

Detecting and Removing Vulnerable Plaque

Heart disease is a condition that progresses gradually and is primarily caused by lifestyle choices that do not support a heart health. With bad diet and lack of exercise, the inner walls of your arteries will accumulate a substance called artery plaque. This plaque can narrow the arteries and impede blood flow. Patients with dangerous amounts of artery plaque are considered to have a condition called atherosclerosis.

Some factors that contribute to heart disease and atherosclerosis include:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • High stress
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diet high in sodium, sugars, and fats

The good news is that artery plaque can be reduced by making healthy choices. Part of what makes a Coronary CTA so beneficial is that it can identify “vulnerable plaque” which is most likely to create a life-threatening blood clot. If this clot is particularly dangerous, then surgical intervention may be necessary. Otherwise, it may be possible to reduce your risk with cardiac rehabilitation and lifestyle changes.

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