healthy family and dad that may need a heart screening

Why Healthy People Might Need a Heart Screening

For people with certain risk factors, a heart screening can be a wise part of your healthcare plan. Your heart is your body’s most critical muscle; take care of it! Here are some factors to consider if you’re thinking about a heart screening.

Family history of heart disease

Even fit,

person that smokes

Why Your Pack Years Matter

First thing’s first: what are your “pack years?” Pack years are a way of calculating lung cancer risk based on how many years a person has smoked. Here’s how the equation works:

N – number of packs a day (equivalent: 20 cigarettes) x T (total years smoked) = pack years

For example:

Edith smoked 1 pack of cigarettes daily for 20 years.

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Good News! Lung Scan is Elective!

Exciting news: you no longer need a doctor’s prescription for a Lung Scan. This scan can be an easy, painless, and noninvasive way to potentially save your life if you are at a high risk for lung cancer. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute, “People aged 55 to 74 years with a history of heavy smoking are 20 percent less likely to die from lung cancer if they are screened with a low dose lung scan.”

What is Lung Scan?

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What is cardiac scoring?

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.

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My Heart Scan: The Real Life Impact

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,

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Five Things to Tell Your Friends Who Smoke

Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict that by the end of this year more than 200,000 people will be told they have lung cancer, and about 150,000 will die from lung cancer. Approximately 85% of lung cancer cases in the United States are the result of smoking,

What is Diagnostic Imaging?

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.

a doctor talking to a woman about scans for post-menopause

Essential Screenings for a Woman Post-menopause

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.

a woman talking to her husband about a lung scan

3 Ways to Approach a Relative About a Lung Scan

If your loved one is a smoker or has a history of smoking, a lung scan could save their life.

As a relative or close friend, we have the unique ability to influence the critical decision-making of our loved ones. Here are three ways you can encourage them to get a lung scan.

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What is a Virtual Colonoscopy?

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. 

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