Cardiac scoring is a non-invasive way to determine if your coronary arteries are blocked or narrowed by plaque buildup. The scan, also known as a coronary calcium scan, or Heart Scan, can detect and measure calcium-containing plaque in the arteries. The information gleaned from these scans can help your doctor understand your level of risk for a heart attack.
I lost a friend two weeks before Christmas to a heart attack.
He had just been to the doctor and given the “all’s well” diagnosis we all hope to get at our annual check-up. My friend was tall, lean, looked to be in perfect health. Yet on December 15, 2016,
Diagnostic imaging describes a variety of non-invasive methods of looking inside the body to help determine the causes of an injury or an illness, and to confirm a diagnosis. It is also used to see how well your body is responding to a treatment for an illness or a fracture.
The most common types of diagnostic imaging include the following services.
Post-menopause can be a drastic adjustment for many women. Your body has undergone a significant physical change. With that come certain increased risks due to a sharp decrease in your estrogen and other hormones. Some women may choose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to deal with menopausal symptoms and health risks, although HRT itself can increase the risk of certain diseases.
In early 2016, the American Cancer Society estimated that there would be 95,270 new cases of colon cancer and 39,220 new cases of rectal cancer, bringing the total new cases of colorectal cancer to 134,490. It is the third most common type of cancer for men and women in the United States.
The acronym AAA is short for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. If you think that sounds serious, you’re right. An aneurysm is a medical term used to describe a dilation or widening of an artery or blood vessel. Add the word “aortic” and you’re talking about a major coronary artery–the one that leaves the heart to supply blood to your body.
If you’re a post-menopausal woman, you should ask your doctor about a DEXA Scan. A DEXA Scan is a test to measure bone density. DEXA stands for Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry and is also sometimes referred to as Bone Densitometry. It helps your doctor diagnose or predict your risk of developing osteoporosis using low-dose x-rays,
The amount you smoke over time has a cumulative effect on your risk for cancer. It puts you at a higher risk for certain types of cancer, including common lung cancers. One way to determine your risk is by calculating your pack-years.
Simply put, a pack-year is a measurement of the number of cigarettes you consume over a period of time.
If you’re a smoker, your family is understandably concerned about your health. Lung cancer is a scary prospect, and they worry about you. They’d rather you didn’t smoke. You’d rather you didn’t smoke, too. Kudos to you for your efforts to quit – please don’t give up! If you have quit in the last 15 years or are still smoking,
Typically, CT scans are used to diagnosis an illness or injury. But did you know that they can also be used as part of a preventative heart health plan? Cardiac scoring CT scans are used to provide your physician with information regarding your cardiac health by detecting the presence of calcium within your arteries.