What factors put someone at risk for heart disease? Just as everyone in their late 40s and 50s should begin undergoing regular colon exams and mammograms, people over the age of 35 with specific cardiac risk factors should consider having a GE Optima CT Heart Scan performed on a regular schedule.
If you are between the ages of 40 and 70, and have any of the following, you are considered an optimal candidate for the GE Optima CT Heart Scan.
- High stress
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol, triglycerides
- Tobacco usage, including prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke
- Family history of heart disease
You do not have to be referred by a physician to take the test, although they often may recommend it. Many scanning patients are, in fact, self-referred. And the reason given most often for taking it?
To gain a peace of mind that cannot be measured in dollars.