Cardiac scoring, which is sometimes referred to as a heart scan or a calcium score, is a non-invasive CT scan of the heart. The test is designed to calculate your risk of developing Coronary Artery Disease (aka CAD) by measuring the amount of calcified plaque in your coronary arteries.
Great news, America! Heart blockage and its terrible consequences of heart attack, stroke, and death have taken significantly fewer lives in the new millennium. In fact, according to National Institute of Health (NIH), “the life expectancy of the average American increased by 6.6 years; 4.7 years—over 70%—of the increase is due to reductions in deaths from cardiovascular disease.”
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,
To raise awareness about breast cancer, this month Washington Heritage Museums and the Imaging Center for Women, are encouraging community members to participate in the “Mary’s Ribbons, Tie One On” event. Remember, honor and encourage others to get annual mammograms beginning at age 40, by tying a ribbon on the white fence outside the Mary Washington House.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and every year this month serves as a way to increase awareness about breast cancer, raise money for research, and educate women on early detection. In October, women everywhere, and the families of those suffering from breast cancer will wear pink, walk, fund raise, and participate in a variety of events designed to support those fighting the illness.
You can encourage greater health among friends and co-workers by having some fun while you encourage women to receive their annual mammogram. The Imaging Center for Women, a facility uniquely designed with women in mind, offers free party style Mammo and ManiCure events in which a mini-manicure and refreshments are provided at no cost.
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? CT scans are used to provide your physician with information regarding your cardiac health by detecting the presence of calcium within your arteries. The levels found in a “heart scan”
Multi Grammy award-winning songbird, songwriter and breast cancer survivor Sheryl Crow has accepted the role of national celebrity spokesperson for a new breast cancer educational campaign.
The celebrity endorsement will play an important role in highlighting the importance of annual mammography for women over 40 years of age. According to the Centers for Disease Control,
The Imaging Center for Women will host a Mammo & ManiCURE event on September 20th from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. as an opportunity to schedule your annual mammogram–you will receive a mini manicure at no cost. To register please call 540-741-9729 and ask to be included in the manicure party.