Health Facts – Heart Scans versus Nuclear Stress Test
- high LDL cholesterol
- low HDL cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- family history
- being post-menopausal for women
- being older than 45 for men
- Obesity may also be a risk factor.
“After their initial non-invasive test, about 10 percent of study participants underwent at least one cardiac catheterization procedure, a more invasive procedure in which an interventional cardiologist threads a catheter into the heart through an artery to assess narrowing in the arteries and, if needed, open the arteries with a balloon or stent. The rates of patients undergoing catheterization that failed to identify substantial narrowing were significantly higher in the patients receiving functional testing, at 4.3 percent, compared to 3.4 percent in the patients who had received a CT scan.” — American Heart Association – 3/14/15 (source)
That’s an amazing outcome!
noninvasive CT scans of the heart’s vessels are far better at spotting clogged arteries that can trigger a heart attack than the commonly prescribed exercise stress that most patients with chest pain undergo. (source)
- ViaScan takes pride in informing people of how they can manage his/her health and the more you know, the more proactive you’ll be making efforts to maintain good health
- Summer is the most active season of the year; therefore, the likelihood of heart complications is more prevalent.
- Heart disease can impact individuals at any physical-activity level
- You’ll be spending more time with family and friends as you start planning events and vacations. This is an opportunity to share with them the advantages of talking with their doctor on if they are a candidate of getting a heart scan. In addition, continue to accumulate rewards for your future scan through our Family and Friends Referral program