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Understanding Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death of American men and women. Annually, it claims about 600,000 lives. The term cardiovascular disease, often used interchangeably with heart disease and abbreviated as CVD, describes several diseases that affect the health of the heart and blood vessels. Common Forms of CVD These types of cardiovascular disease […]

EBCT Testing Finds Coronary Calcium Before Serious Health Problems Develop

Coronary calcium (plaque that builds up in the arteries of the heart) is a silent condition that can have very serious consequence. Excessive coronary calcium can lead to sudden and catastrophic health problems, including heart attack or death. Fortunately, electron beam computed tomography (EBCT) detects calcium buildup in the coronary arteries before plaque has major consequences. […]

Detecting Colon Cancer

Understanding Colon Cancer There are forces trying desperately to steal away the most precious years of your life. And one of those forces is colon cancer. Maybe you think that because you don’t have a family history of the disease, you’re home free. The truth is the most important risk factor for colorectal cancers is […]

Cholesterol: The Good and The Bad

“Work Out Often to Get Rid of that Pesky Cholesterol” “Eat These Foods to Help Lower Your Cholesterol” “Try This New Medication to Reduce Cholesterol” You’ve probably seen some variation on these headlines before. Within each article is usually a glaring warning, telling you to be cautious of your cholesterol levels for fear of suffering […]

How Medical Body Scans Can Help Women

Computed tomography scans like the ones at Virtual Imaging are capable of detecting many women’s health issues with better imaging capabilities than standard x-rays. While medical body scans can detect disease in all patients, these scans are especially helpful in detecting medical problems affecting women. Medical body scans can detect heart disease, lung cancer, colon […]

The History of Lung Cancer in the United States

The history of lung cancer in the United States corresponds with the use of tobacco. There are no written records of tobacco use before the 15th century, according to the Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science. Christopher Columbus brought the first tobacco leaves and seeds from the Americas to Europe, as indigenous Americans smoked tobacco and used […]

6 Simple Steps to Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease

1. Kick the tobacco habit This suggestion may be painfully obvious, but at the risk of sounding like a broken record, we cannot stress enough the lethal implications smoking may have on the heart. Fortunately, it’s never too late to quit and prevent a heart attack. Within just one year of quitting, you’ll lower your […]

Reducing Your Risk: Step-by-Step

Every year, over 800,000 people die from heart attack and stroke. According to a report released Tuesday of this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 200,000 of those deaths could have been prevented had the patients been given proper health insurance. The belief behind this theory is that health insurance will encourage […]

How We Analyze Full-Body Scans

A full-body scan allows a transparent view of the inside of your entire body. A radiologist can use images gained from whole body scans to detect a large number of medical conditions, including cancers, plaque, aneurysms, stones, cysts and other abnormalities. The full-body scan also helps the radiologist look for coronary artery disease and other […]

Daily Aspirin Carries Its Own Risks

Since its formulation in 1897, aspirin has been renowned as a miracle drug. Commonly used for minor pain relief, high fever, and anti-inflammation, aspirin became available over-the-counter almost a century ago in 1915 and remains arguably one of the best selling drugs in history. Since 1988, Bayer AG, the makers of aspirin, have advocated for […]