Heart Disease is the #1 killer in the country. Are you at risk?

Heart disease, such as heart attack, ruptured aneurysm, and congestive heart failure, is the leading cause of death for men and women.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America, contributing to 1 out of 3 U.S. deaths.

If not you personally, the odds are overwhelming that someone in your immediate family will perish from this deadly disease.

60 million U.S. citizens have one or more types of cardiovascular disease, with more being diagnosed every day.

Every 25 seconds an American has a coronary event; every minute someone in the U.S. dies from heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of disability in this country.

If you are at risk a test for heart disease such as a low-dose heart scan may provide you with important information that can guide you in making healthy choices for the future; in some cases, it may save your life. Traditional testing for heart disease may include EKGs, stress tests or even chest X-rays, but the GE Optima CT scan, available at Advanced Body Scan in Oklahoma City, keeps delivering reliable, accurate information every time.

Risk factors for heart attacks: Are you at risk?

  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Physical Inactivity

What is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary artery disease, also referred to as heart disease or coronary atherosclerosis, occurs when calcium deposits (plaque) develop and obstruct the coronary arteries. Removal of the blockage typically requires angioplasty, stent placement or possibly other major surgery. If left untreated, it can result in a heart attack and possible death.

The GE Optima CT heart scan is the single most effective technology available to simply and non-invasively detect the buildup of these calcium deposits. Other diagnostic procedures generally only capture signs of the disease once you are experiencing 50 to 75 percent arterial blockage. Even if you recently had a normal stress test, MRI, CT scan or PET scan – if you fall into a high-risk category you should consider having a heart scan.

Heart attacks are the tip of the iceberg.

If you are having a heart attack, the trouble has been building up in your chest for a while. Coronary artery disease can cause a heart attack. It is important not to wait, therefore you need to know if you are at risk prior to an event.

If you have a heart attack, you are more likely to survive if you know the signs and symptoms, call 911 right away and get to a hospital quickly.

People who have had a heart attack can also reduce the risk of future events or strokes by making lifestyle changes and taking medication. Prevention includes quitting smoking, lowering cholesterol, controlling high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising. In some cases, surgery is necessary.

How do you detect heart disease?

Many people who have a heart attack may pass traditional tests for heart trouble such as stress tests, EKG or a chest X-ray. Many people who have passed these tests with flying colors may still fall victim to a heart attack or stroke with little-to-no warning.

The five major symptoms of a heart attack are:

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back
  • Feeling weak, light-headed or faint
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath

If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, you should call 911 immediately.

To avoid ever having to make that call, take charge of your heart health today and get a heart scan.