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Oklahoma City Memorial Donation On Your Behalf

A Letter from Larry Trucano – Advance Body Scan Director

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On April 19th Oklahomans are joined with people all over the world to remember…

When I first moved to Oklahoma City I made it a point to see the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

I really did not know what to expect other than what a tragic event it represents.

I now regard it as one of the most moving experiences in my life and strongly urge everyone that I know to partake in and feel the spirit of that hallowed ground.

The symbolism portrayed by architects Hans and Torrey Butzer along with Sven Berg create a remarkable snapshot of the tragic moment that affected us all instantly and forevermore.

Most notably are the 168 bronze and stone chairs, each representing the location of some one perished.

The design intent graphically tells of the people who in an instant are no longer with us, leaving empty chairs at their family’s dinner table that evening and into the future.

This represents the real meaning of personal tragedy; the ongoing grief and memories of those left behind.

At Advanced Body Scan, we strive to prevent major killers such as Heart Disease and Cancer from impacting families. We have seen how the onset of disease can often create a similar tragedy for our loved ones.

During this special month of the 22nd year Oklahoma City Memorial Commemoration, we at Advanced Body Scan wish to remember those lost as well as the heroic first responders with a very special offer.

A $199 Preventive Heart & Lung Scan!

This a service is regularly priced at $1,360. We believe it is your first defense to alert you of potential danger from Heart Disease our nation’s number one killer and Lung Cancer, the leading cancer killer.

When you mention the Oklahoma Memorial we will donate your entire $199 to the Oklahoma Memorial Fun on your behalf.

Protect yourself and a loved one from personal tragedy while honoring those lost on April 19, 1995, with your contribution.

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De-stress Tips

Stress can cause major problems in your health, affecting your sleep, mood, appetite, depression, anxiety, and even lead to heart attack or stroke.

healthy eating, dieting, slimming and weigh loss concept - close up of green apple, measuring tape and saladWhen stressed, hormones flood the system, causing the heart rate to increase, heavy breathing, and blood vessels to constrict which can cause damage to our health.

To help combat the health effects that come with stress, Advanced Body Scan has put together tips to stay calm.

Identify your stress triggers. This is the first step to managing your stress. By discovering what sets you into a panic, you can avoid these situations or plan a strategy to manage these situations if they are unavoidable.

Get some exercise. No matter what your fitness level may be you need to move your body, even if it is just a 10-minute walk. This will give you more energy throughout the day and release endorphins to help approach your stress triggers with a different attitude.

Smile. Laugh. Stay Positive. It is amazing the effect of a smile or a laugh can have on a situation. Even if it is a phony smile. A psychological study done by the University of Kansas proved that if you are stressed smile as wide as you can for 60 seconds, you may feel a little silly, but you will realize you feel more relaxed than you did a minute before.

Breathe Deeply. Take a deep breath. By doing this it relaxes the body by giving an extra boost of oxygen and makes your body feel like it does when it is in a relaxed state.

Eat a Healthy Snack. Nothing is more stressful to the brain than feeling like you ran out of food. Eat something that will fill you up such as half an avocado, nuts, or a boiled egg. While you are snacking, snack somewhere peaceful. If it is a nice day, eat outside. Do not stay at your desk or in the environment that is making you feel stressed.

Unplug. Avoid emails, the news, and TV for 10-15 minutes. Spend time with a friend, take a warm bath, or work on a hobby.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Start with your toes tightening and relaxing, then progressively work your way up your body to your legs, shoulders, fingers and finally your face. You will feel the tension in these areas begin to melt away.

 Assess your Health. Many people stress about their health. With easy access to the internet, every headache and stomach ache can be Googled and attributed to some fatal disease. If this is an area you find yourself stressing over, contact us and we can help get answers.

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Know the Signs of a Stroke

As we head into the holiday season, life can get rather hectic and stressful. Due to this stress, it is the highest time of year for people to suffer from heart attacks and strokes. While the majority of people are aware of the symptoms of a heart attack (chest discomfort, shortness of breath…), many do not know the signs of a stroke or why it occurs.

Stroke is the number five leading cause of death in the U.S. and the number one cause of disability. It is a disease that begins at the heart affecting the arteries leading to and within the brain and occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen is either blocked by a clot or bursts. If this happens that part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen needed and brain cells begin to die.

To help with awareness the American Stroke Association has put together a list of symptoms using the acronym F.A.S.T.

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F – Face Drooping. Look for one side of the face to droop or become numb. Ask the person to smile. Is their smile uneven?

A – Arm Weakness. If one arm is feeling weak or numb ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm tend to drift downward?

S – Speech Difficulty. Is the person’s speech slurred? Are they unable to speak or are they difficult to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence such as “The sky is blue.” Is it repeated correctly?

T – Time to call 911. If the person shows any of these signs, call an ambulance and get them to the hospital as soon as possible, even if the symptoms go away. Check the time to document when the symptoms began.

While these are the most common signs, like any disease, they can differ person to person. Here are a few others to be on the lookout for.

  • Numbness or weakness of face, arms, or legs. Especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

At Advanced Body Scan we have the technology to detect this disease before it turns deadly. With our body scans, heart scans, and ultrasounds we can identify blood clots, unusual blood flow, and carotid artery blockages before they take a fatal turn.

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Regular Screening Could Save Your Life

You received your first heart, lung, and/or body scan at Advanced Body Scan and it came back with no major complications. That’s great news! However, if you think you are set for life, that may not be the case.

As you age, your body is constantly changing and, unfortunately, not for the better. Your taste buds change, your hair changes, even your skin changes over time. While these are variations you can see and feel there are others happening inside your body that you may not be aware of. These changes can lead to problems with cancer, heart disease, and other potentially fatal diseases.

If you have a family history of cardiovascular disease or cancer, you are at a high genetic risk of developing the same diseases. Getting a preventive scan is one of the best ways to stay on top of your health and be aware if they develop into life threatening problems.

While this first scan gives an all-important baseline, it is the next scan and every scan after that becomes increasingly more important to compare. By comparing past scans, we may detect clots, tumors, or calcium build up that had not yet developed. If a problem was found in a previous scan the next scan will be used to tell if it has changed or worsened. This is critical as early detection leads to much better out comes.

Additionally, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and while we do not offer mammograms, we believe, just like our heart, lung, and body scans, regular checkups and screenings for all parts of your body are essential. We want you to be the healthiest you can be and what better way than proactively staying ahead of health problems?

At Advanced Body Scan we believe that preventive screening is one of your best defenses against deadly diseases such as a heart attack, cancer, and stroke. We also believe that, although helpful, having only one screening during your life is not the most accurate way to give you peace of mind. From experience, we have discovered that your most important scan is your next scan and having a regular annual screening could save your life.

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A $50 Heart Scan could save your life

Receive the Gold Standard in early detection of heart disease

IMG_0528The $50 Heart Scan is also known as a Calcium Score Test because this test primarily identifies built up arterial calcium, also called blockage of the arteries. This calcium build up and blockage is what creates this SILENT KILLER.

Not all $50 Heart Scans are equal. It is certainly important to get this test utilizing advanced CT scanning technology, but simply zipping through a test is not the total answer. A $50 Heart Scan is only as good as the human eye that reads the results. Therefore, it is critical that a board certified Radiologist (MD) reads your test and prepares a radiology report for you. Without this reading, your $50 Heart Scan could be a waste of time and money.

Since heart and lung disease are often related, most medical professionals will recommend a more comprehensive study to include a lung scan. Lung cancer is the number one killing form of cancer and, like heart disease, is commonly not symptomatic until it has progressed into a dangerous stage.

For this reason medical professionals often recommend a Lung scan with your $50 Heart Scan.

Advanced Body Scan now provides $50 Heart Scans with General Electric’s newest generation low dose CT scanner. All scans include a full radiology report provided by a licensed Radiologist.

Currently, Advanced Body Scan is offering a limited promotion which includes the $50 Heart Scan WITH A FULL LUNG SCAN for only $79 per COUPLE.

For an investment in your future health of less than $40 per person you can now have the peace of mind only available through a full HEART AND LUNG SCAN.
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Heart Disease in Oklahoma

Heart Disease Oklahoma

Heart disease affects thousands of Oklahoma residents. In fact, this disease is the number one cause of death in the state, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart disease is sometimes referred to as a “silent killer” because it’s often not detected until too late. Fortunately, preventing some types of heart disease is possible.

Statistics on Heart Disease

In 2010, 9,426 Oklahomans died from heart disease, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Medical experts cite obesity as one of the main factors increasing the risk of heart disease in the state. Other factors, such as gender and ethnic background, also play a role. For example, the death rate for men in Oklahoma with heart disease was 50 percent higher than women in 2012. American Indians and non-Hispanic blacks had the highest death rates from heart disease in 2012.

While death rates have gone down overall, heart disease deaths are decreasing at a slower rate than the rest of the US. This highlights the importance of knowing what the signs of heart disease are and having heart problems detected as early as possible in order to reduce the risk of heart attacks or other life-threatening heart problems.

Symptoms of Heart Disease

Heart disease doesn’t always cause symptoms that are easily recognizable, such as chest pain or a racing heart. That’s why it’s so important to know what to watch for, especially if you’re at risk due to obesity, family history, high cholesterol levels or other factors. Some common signs of heart disease include the following:

  • Shortness of breath: Feeling as though you can’t catch your breath, especially when you haven’t been walking or running, is a serious symptom of heart disease. Keep in mind that you should call your doctor if you’re experiencing this and other possible signs of a heart attack, such as chest pain and sudden sweating.
  • Coughing: If you have a constant cough, this could indicate heart failure, which occurs from a buildup of fluids in your lungs.
  • Lightheadedness: Feeling dizzy is associated with more than one heart condition, including heart attacks and arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats.
  • Chest tightness or pressure: Discomfort that feels like pressure or tightness, sometimes in the middle of your chest, can signal heart problems. In some cases, these feelings are only mild, but they can also be intense.
  • Weakness and fatigue: Feeling unusually tired and weak or feeling fatigued all the time can be a sign of a heart attack or heart failure.

Preventing Heart Disease

Even if you’re at risk of heart disease, there are ways to lower this risk in most cases. While you can’t do anything to prevent heart defects, you can take steps to reduce your risk of having a heart attack or developing another form of heart disease. Making changes to your lifestyle can be an effective way to prevent heart disease. This includes changes such as:

  • Limiting foods that have saturated fats or salt and following a healthy diet
  • Losing excess weight and keeping it off
  • Managing stress
  • Quitting smoking
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Managing other medical conditions that can increase your risk of heart disease, such as diabetes and high blood pressure

Early detection is also important, especially since many heart disease symptoms aren’t obvious. If you suspect that you have heart disease, a low dose Electron Beam CT scan can determine if you have signs of it. This type of scan creates highly detailed 3D images of your heart and coronary arteries that show whether you have calcium deposits in your arteries. The Electron Beam CT scan is non-invasive and approved by the FDA. It features technology that is capable of showing early signs of calcium buildup, giving you more time to seek treatment before a heart attack or other serious heart condition occurs.

If you’re at risk of heart disease and would like more information about low dose Electron Beam CT scans, please contact Advanced Body Scan.

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Oklahoma Lung Cancer Facts

More than five decades ago, the United States released the first report of the Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health which concluded cigarette smoking contributed to lung and laryngeal cancer and was a leading cause of chronic bronchitis.

Although this information is common knowledge now, more than 45 million American adults still smoke. Of those 45 million, 8 million are living with a serious illness caused by smoking and around 438,000 adults die prematurely from tobacco use.

Since the introduction of programs like SmokeFree.org and FreeTheNightOK.org, an increasing number of Oklahomans are choosing to kick the habit, but the heartland still ranks sixth in percentage of smokers per state. A whopping 23.7% of Oklahomans smoke, 28% male and 24% female of every ethnicity, age range, and education level still admit to lighting up.

The CDC predicts that 221,200 men and women will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015. Of those, nearly 72% will be fatal. More than 50% of people with lung cancer will die within one year of being diagnosed.

The statics seem grim, but if caught in the localized state (confined to primary site), the 5-year relative survival is 54%. The reason over half of the people diagnosed do not survive is early detection of the disease only happens in 15% of cases. When the cancer is diagnosed in the regional stage (spread to regional lymph nodes), the survival rate decreases to 27%. Unfortunately, most cases of lung cancer (57%) aren’t diagnosed until the cancer has metastasized, when the 5-year relative survival rate is only 4%.

So what can you do to provide the best chance of survival for yourself or a loved one?

First, put down the cigarette. If the good of your health isn’t enough reason, consider that non-smokers have a 20 – 30 percent greater chance of developing lung cancer if they are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work.

Second, get your home tested for radon, asbestos and other cancer-causing materials.

Third, get a screening. GE Optima CT scans are one of the best means of detecting early stages of lung cancer, emphysema, aneurysm of the aorta, and other lung ailments. Lung scans offered by Advanced Body Scan are ultra-accurate, extremely fast and non-invasive – and give you information that can save your life.

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Common Myths About CT Scans

Myths about CT scans

Doctors use computer tomography scans, or CT scans, to accurately diagnose a variety of health issues, including tumors, internal injuries, and heart disease. These scans allow doctors to look at highly detailed cross-sectional images taken from a combination of X-rays. While the benefits of using these scans include ensuring that patients receive the treatment they need, some are hesitant to have them done due to myths about CT scan risks.

Myth 1: CT Scans Cause Hair Loss and Skin Redness

The FDA issued an alert on CT scans on Oct. 8, 2009, after several patients who underwent brain CT scans at hospitals in Southern California experienced short-term hair loss and skin redness. Investigations into these occurrences found that these patients were exposed to higher amounts of radiation levels during their scans. While all patients who have CT scans are exposed to some level of ionizing radiation, the patients in these cases were exposed to radiation levels eight times higher than normal. Investigators discovered that this occurred due to inadequate training at these hospitals. This incident has led to a push for improved training for CT technologists.

Myth 2: CT Scans Cause Thousands of Deaths From Cancer

Two articles published in the Archives of Internal Medicine claimed the increase in CT scans for diagnosing health issues has resulted in thousands of deaths from cancer for people in the US each year. A closer examination of these articles by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) revealed there are problems with the assumptions made by the authors, which makes the cancer death claims questionable. The AAPM also points out that there are no measurable ways to determine which cancer deaths were caused by radiation-induced cancer as opposed to naturally occurring cancer. In short, there is no reliable evidence to support the claim CT scans cause thousands of cancer deaths every year.

Fact: Not Having a CT Scan Done Can Increase the Risk of Health Problems

Patients who decide not to have a CT scan can end up with a higher risk of health problems. For example, without a CT scan, doctors might not be able to accurately determine the location of a tumor or blood clot, which increases the risk of developing severe and potentially life-threatening complications. Instead of not having one done, patients can opt to have a low-dose CT scan.

At Advanced Body Scan, we offer state-of-the-art CT scan technology that exposes patients to only around 20 percent of the amount of radiation they’re exposed to with standard CT scans. We use an Electron Beam CT scanner that works at very high speeds. These faster speeds mean that patients are exposed to radiation for a much shorter amount of time. In most cases, our non-invasive low-dose CT scans only take a few minutes to perform and can be used for detecting and preventing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. We also perform brain scans, pancreatic cancer screenings and full body scans for preventative health and wellness.

If you need a CT scan or if you’re concerned about reducing your exposure to radiation, contact us for more information about our Electron Beam CT scans.

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10 Simple Tips for Staying Healthy After 40

Staying Healthy After 40

While reaching age 40 is a gargantuan milestone and a huge success, it’s only the beginning of the rest of your life. If you are looking to stay healthy after 40 and live the latter part of your life in good health, it may be time to make some changes. Use the following health tips for age 40 to start evaluating your well-being and planning for a long and healthy future.

Beat the Bulge

One of the top ways to stay healthy after 40 is to beat the bulge, which will make you more prone to fight off chronic illnesses. Specifically, women can reduce their declining hormones, reduce the risk of breast cancer and menopausal symptoms by losing weight. Both men and women can reduce the likelihood of heart disease and a bevy of other medical conditions by staying fit and healthy.

Flex Some Muscle

Since people over the age of 40 lose approximately one percent of their muscle mass each year, one of the top health tips for age 40 and above is to flex some muscle. It’s a great practice to use light weights on brisk walks or join a gym for weight training. In any case, it’s best to have some type of resistance training to curtain the loss of muscle.

The Thyroid

If you are feeling tired, gaining weight, or having problems losing weight, it may not be your diet or exercise. It could be problems with your thyroid gland, which regulates hormones and your energy levels. As you approach 40, thyroid disease becomes a more prevalent issue, which makes it essential to have your thyroid checked for proper function.

Time to Butt Out!

One of the top health tips for 40 or any age is to stop smoking. While quitting isn’t easy, choosing to stop smoking will add years to your life and decrease the likelihood of a gargantuan number of chronic illnesses, such as strokes and heart disease. Simply put, it will pay dividends in years to your life to stop smoking as soon as possible.

Don’t Play with the Numbers

If you are looking to stay healthy after 40, you shouldn’t play with the numbers. At this age, your cholesterol levels, body weight, blood sugar, and blood pressure becomes extremely important. It’s a great practice to have these numbers checked to help identify potential increased risks for disease.

Smile

Did you know your smile can tell more about you than how you are feeling? As a matter of fact, your smile is connected to your heart. Several studies have linked gum disease with heart disease and many other chronic illnesses. As a result, it’s imperative to have good oral health and to visit your dentist regularly for checkups.

See Things Clearly

When you reach the age of 40, your vision can begin to deteriorate. With mascular degeneration affecting a staggering 9.1 million Americans over 40, it’s the leading cause of blindness in elderly. Although it has been found to be genetic, you can slow the progress of this disease with a healthy diet of vegetables and red fruit, which are rich in antioxidants and lycopene. You should also consider wearing sunglasses to thwart the damage caused by sun exposure, which increases the likelihood of cataracts.

Fantastic Fiber

When you were younger, you may have been able to eat whatever you wanted without gaining weight. However, as you probably already see and feel, things have changed! As you approach and climb over 40, your metabolism and ability to pig out gorging without gaining weight decreases significantly. The goal is to minimize your caloric intake from sweets while increasing the fiber in your diet. To stay happy and healthy, make sure your diet is loaded with whole grains, low-fat dairy, bountiful vegetables, fruit, and lean protein.

Know Your History

As the old adage goes, “You don’t know where you going, if you don’t know where you come from.” One of the top health tips for age 40 is to know your family history. For example, if your father and grandfather have all died from heart disease, you should do your best to take as many preventative measures as possible.

Preventative Maintenance

Simply put, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This means you should do everything possible to prevent the onset of any chronic illnesses. A preventative full body scan is one of the most affordable and state-of-the-art ways to detect even the smallest irregularities, months or even years before symptoms arise. For more information about how a full body scan can help you live a longer, healthier, and fuller life, contact Advanced Body Scan today.

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Lung Cancer Screening in Oklahoma

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued a draft decision requiring Medicare coverage of low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung scans for those at-risk for lung cancer. As Oklahoma’s only source for low-dose, Electron Beam CT scans, we applaud their decision.

“We feel this validates everything we do here,” said Advanced Body Scan co-founder Larry Trucano. “This is a watershed moment for preventative medicine in the United States.”

This draft decision came down during November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and can help save the lives of thousands of at-risk Americans.

Lung Cancer Fast Facts

  • Lung cancer is America’s deadliest cancer, responsible for more cancer deaths every year than the three other leading cancer killers combined (breast, colon, and prostate.)
  • The survival rate of lung cancer is 17 percent, If allowed to spread to other organs the survival rate drops to 3.5 percent.
  • Only 15 percent of lung cancers are caught at an early stage
  • More than half of those with lung cancer will pass away within a year of diagnosis.

One person who caught their lung cancer in an early stage was Linda Will. Her heart and lung scan came back showing a tumor in her lung. She was able to quickly receive treatment before the cancer was able to spread throughout her body. You can learn more about her story below:

Most people diagnosed with lung cancer are not as lucky.

Some lung cancer risk factors include a family history of lung cancer, exposure to silicate fibers like asbestos, current or former smoker or those that have been exposed to significant amounts of second-hand smoke or have experienced prolonged exposure to environmental toxins, fumes, and chemicals.

Those who exhibit those risk factors should consider a low-dose CT scan for early detection of lung cancer.

Preventative scanning is critical to the detection of a multitude of diseases, including heart disease and cancer. At Advanced Body Scan, we believe that prevention is your best protection against life threatening ailments. For more information or to set up an appointment, contact us today.