Could a simple, 10-minute screening save your life?
Coronary Calcium Scoring is a simple, painless and non-invasive screening that can estimate your risk for cardiovascular events.
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men.
For many ... the first warning sign is a heart attack or premature death!
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Think of it as a “mammogram” for your heart. Except you don’t have to undress, it’s painless, is non-invasive and takes only about 10 minutes of your time!
A Coronary Artery Calcium Scan is one of the most advanced methods available today to detect heart disease in its earliest stages. This screening uses high-speed computerized tomography (CT) to scan your heart and detect calcium deposits. Where there’s calcium, there’s plaque!
Taking into account other factors such as your age, family history and cholesterol level, your doctor will use your personal calcium score to measure your future risk for heart disease.
For some, it’s peace of mind. It means you keep following your plan of prevention. For those with scores that indicate a risk for heart disease, your health care provider can recommend a plan of prevention to help you slow the progression of the disease. The good news is that 80% of the risk factors contributing to heart disease can be prevented or managed!
When you consider that half the people who died suddenly from heart disease had no symptoms, early detection can not only help you live a healthier life but could, in fact, save your life!
Learn how you can find out your calcium score! > continue reading
New guidelines from American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology suggests that a coronary artery calcium scan could prove beneficial when deciding if a statin or aspirin therapy is appropriate.
If you are over 40 years of age, talk to your doctor about getting your calcium score.
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Each year, here in the Carolinas, we lose over 37,000 women and men to heart disease and stroke!
Nationally, we lose more than 610,000 loved ones to this largely preventable disease. Yet, for many of us, a heart attack ... a stroke ... or our premature death will be the first clue we have heart disease.
Studies show that more than half of us who die from heart disease are under the age of 65. How many of those victims could have been saved through early detection, intervention and treatment?
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Your testimonial could encourage others to take the next step.
#TestNotGuess Presented at SC Free Clinic Association Conference in Charleston
The Heart2Heart Foundation's President/Founder, Sheila Caldwell, provided clinic directors and providers with information about Coronary Calcium Scans. Objectives during the presentation was to provide education about the advance screening, eligibility requirements and how to coach patients about the scans. In addition, assistance was requested by attendees to help identify and populate an online directory of CAC providers and expansion of scholarship funds for at-risk women.
COMING SOON: A webinar version of this presentation for case managers & staff.
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