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February is Heart Month

February 16, 2016

February is Heart Month

With your CENEGENICS program, you have already taken significant steps to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease. February is HEART MONTH, and statistics show that cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer of both men and women in the United States despite significant advances in treatment and detection over the past half-century. Coronary artery disease is the name given to the process that blocks the flow in blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. If this becomes suddenly blocked it causes a heart attack. Unfortunately, the first symptom of a heart attack can be sudden-death in anywhere from 30 to 50% of patients. In other words, you may not make it to the emergency room. Electron beam tomography (EBT) is proven to be the most sensitive noninvasive test to detect and quantify build-up of plaque in the coronary arteries. It takes only minutes to perform with no special preparation, and preliminary results are available the same day as the exam. This can provide information that lets us know your relative risk of a cardiovascular event and whether you need further heart testing or not. If you look through this exam you also see that an extended EBT can be ordered to look at internal organs in the chest and abdominal cavities. What is nice about this is that the radiation dose with this exam is very low and does not entail the same high x-ray exposure risk as a CT scan. A limited heart scan can be performed or you can have a complete EBT imaging that includes organs in the chest and abdominal cavities. This extended exam is a very good screening test for asymptomatic conditions and tumors. There is only one EBT scanner in the entire city of New York. There are only 48 units worldwide. The scanning facility on the Upper East Side in New York City has agreed to offer a screening heart EBT at a reduced rate during the month of February for my patients. If you would like to discuss this with me or consider pursuing an exam, let me know or call Janice at 620.343.7043.

 

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