Show Your Heart Some TLC with a HeartScan
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Known as the ‘silent killer,' one of every four deaths in America is related to heart disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention,someone in the U.S. suffers a coronary event every 34 seconds and each minute, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event. Because heart disease often strikes without warning or symptoms, many people do not know they are at risk until it is too late.
So how do you stay ahead of this deadly disease? Consider a HeartScan — a simple, non-invasive test— and it's available at nine convenient St.Vincent Health locations: St.Vincent Anderson Regional; St.Vincent Kokomo; St.Vincent Carmel; St.Vincent Clay in Brazil, St.Vincent Heart Center in Carmel; St.Vincent Indianapolis; St.Vincent Jennings in North Vernon; St.Vincent Fishers; and St.Vincent Williamsport. The HeartScan is also available at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield; Hendricks Regional Health in Danville; and Henry County Hospital in New Castle.
Quick and painless, a HeartScan is conducted with a non-invasive CT scanner, which allows doctors to scan images of the heart's arteries and examine them for hardened plaque — one of the early warning signs of heart disease. If treatment is needed, doctors can offer a full range of options and suggest lifestyle changes to decrease risk of heart disease and heart attack.
And, the HeartScan is affordable at $49. To qualify, patients must be 40-years-old or older, not have had the HeartScan within the last five years, and must have at least one of the following risk factors:
- A family history of heart disease
- History of a stroke
- Other vascular disease
- Abnormal cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
For more information, go to www.stvincent.org.