Valley Heart & Vascular Institute - Subsecond Gated CT for Coronary Screening
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Subsecond Gated CT for Coronary Screening

Every year half a million Americans die of a sudden heart attack. About half of them never even knew they had a heart problem. Now Subsecond Gated CT for Coronary Screening — a quick, painless, noninvasive imaging test — can identify people at risk for heart attack years before it would occur. The advantages are clear: a head start on lifestyle changes and medical therapy that can prevent a cardiac emergency from ever occurring.

Are You a Candidate?

People who should consider screening include asymptomatic men over 40 and women over 50 years old; smokers; diabetics; and those who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, an inactive lifestyle, uncontrolled stress and a positive family history.

Assessing Cardiac Risk

Subsecond Gated CT for Coronary Screening is a new technology that measures calcification in the coronary arteries. Studies have found a high correlation between the presence of calcification and the occurrence of artherosclerosis, which can cause heart attacks. If a significant amount of calcification is detected by the test, your physician can recommend steps to help prevent the progression of heart disease and avert a heart attack. The examination is quick — it takes only 15 minutes and is noninvasive.

If you think you could benefit from Subsecond Gated CT Coronary Screening, ask your physician about the test or call 1-800-VALLEY 1.

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