It doesn't matter if you're young or old, male or female. Heart disease doesn't discriminate. So it's no surprise that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States: currently one of every two deaths in America is related to heart disease.
Heart disease is also a silent killer. According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, someone in the U.S. suffers a coronary event every 25 seconds. Because heart disease often strikes without warning or symptoms, many people don't know they're at risk until it's too late.
And it doesn't help that heart health is so easy to neglect. In many cases, it's not what we're doing to our heart that's harmful. It's what we're NOT doing. Take diet and exercise, for example. With all of our responsibilities such as work, family, and everything in between, a heart-healthy diet and regular exercise are often forgotten.
So how do you stay ahead of this deadly disease? Consider a HeartScan — a simple, non-invasive test— and it's available at six convenient St.Vincent Health locations: St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana in Carmel; St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana in Indianapolis; St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast in Fishers; Saint John's Health System in Anderson; St.Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon; and St.Vincent Williamsport Hospital.
Quick and painless, a HeartScan is conducted with a non-invasive CT scanner, which allows doctors at St.Vincent to scan images of your heart's arteries and examine them for hardened plaque — one of the early warning signs of heart disease. If you need treatment, doctors can then offer a full range of options and suggest lifestyle changes to decrease your risk of heart disease and heart attack.
And a HeartScan is affordable. In fact, the cost of a HeartScan at St.Vincent was recently lowered from $99 to $49 — a permanent price reduction to encourage more people to consider this important procedure.
St.Vincent recommends men and women over the age of 40 to talk with your physician about having a HeartScan to determine if this is right for you.
If you haven't been giving your heart the TLC it deserves, now may be the ideal time to get serious about your heart health.
To schedule a HeartScan, visit BestHeartCare.com or call 866-432-4457.