February 2019 — More Americans die of heart disease than all types of cancer combined.
58 million Americans have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease, making coronary artery disease the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Yet, preventative exams that can assess and identify risk for cardiovascular disease are often overlooked.
February is American Heart Month and Inland Imaging has decided to offer a special promotion for a screening exam that aids in the early detection of heart disease: a CT coronary calcium scoring exam for $150—during the entire month of February. Exams must be scheduled no later February 28, 2019, but may be performed later.
A CT coronary calcium scoring exam is a 15-minute screening study, which measures the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. It is a quick, non-invasive exam that assesses an individual’s risk for heart attack in the near term.
“Heart disease claims the lives of far too many people in this country. With more than two million heart attacks and strokes a year, just about all of us have been touched by someone with heart disease,” said Angela Steinbach CT manager at Inland Imaging. “We want to bring attention to this issue locally and make sure patients know there is a way to assess risk and identify indications of heart disease earlier rather than later.”
Calcified plaque results when there is a build-up of fat and other substances under the inner layer of the artery. This material can harden which signals the presence of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), a disease of the vessel wall. People with this disease have an increased risk for heart attacks. Because calcium is a marker of CAD, the amount of calcium detected on a cardiac CT scan can be a helpful predictive tool. Your doctor can use the calcium score results to evaluate the risk for future coronary artery disease.
“We are really looking to encourage prevention not just detection of disease,” said Kathleen Wilson, Inland Imaging chief operations officer. “We want to help our community in their overall wellness plan.”
To schedule an exam, patients must have an order from a referring physician, must not have any current symptoms of heart disease and must have one significant risk factor including: male 40-70 years or female 45-75 years, family history of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, history of smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and high stress levels.