Preventing Heart Disease and Poor Health Starts With Detection

Understanding heart disease

Life is certainly too precious to gamble away. Consider these odds: one out of every four adults has cardiovascular disease (CVD), the nation's leading killer of men and women above the age of 35. But cardiovascular disease doesn't happen overnight. The disease process begins years-even decades-before the first symptoms are discovered. And, frighteningly, all too often the first symptom is death. Now you have a choice. Ignore the statistics and hope for the best, or live life to its fullest armed with the clinical information you need.

Identifying the problem

Fortunately, a number of risks factors have been identified that, if treated or addressed, can significantly reduce your risk of future CVD problems. You can estimate your risk by determining your current cholesterol level, history of blood pressure and smoking history, and then performing a point score calculation. This assessment also takes into account a number of factors, such as heredity, environment and other personal lifestyle choices. But these are only estimates based on broad population studies. While these factors may be useful in determining if a heart scan is appropriate for you, the EBCT heart scan remains the best predictor of a cardiovascular event-more than 10 times more accurate than the use of traditional risk factors.

A way to beat the odds

.Virtual Imaging, using the EBCT C300 scanner, offers the heart scan as its premier method of cardiac risk assessment. EBCT scans at speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional CT scanners, allowing imagining and mapping of a beating heart without blurring and without the need of medication. According to the American Heart Association, the EBCT C300 exclusively available at the Virtual Imaging Inc Imaging Center is the non-invasive "gold standard" for determining the development and extent of plaque in the heart arteries. The scan is easy and painless. In fact, the entire study can be completed in the time it takes you to hold a single breath.

Taking the right steps

The information obtained from your heart scan is then combined with your clinical information. This results in an individualized action plan for you and your doctor. Early detection of developing CVD, coupled with this individualized, proactive approach helps prevent future related cardiac events. Talk to your doctor about Virtual Imaging EBCT imaging technology, or for more detailed information, call Virtual Imaging at (770) 730-0119. You owe it to yourself and your family to make the call today.