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Show Your Heart Some TLC with a HeartScan

Show YourHeart Some TLC With a HeartScan

Heart disease is the number one cause ofdeath in the United States. Known as the ‘silent killer,' one of every fourdeaths 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. Becauseheart disease often strikes without warning or symptoms, many people do notknow they are at risk until it is too late.

So how do you stay ahead of this deadlydisease? Consider a HeartScan — a simple, non-invasive test— and it's availableat nine convenient St.Vincent Health locations: St.Vincent Anderson RegionalHospital; St.Joseph Hospital in Kokomo; St.Vincent Carmel Hospital; St.VincentClay Hospital in Brazil, St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana in Carmel;St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital; St.Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon;St.Vincent Fishers Hospital; and St.Vincent Williamsport Hospital. TheHeartScan is also available at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield;Hendricks Regional Hospital in Danville; and Henry County Hospital in NewCastle.

Quick and painless, a HeartScan is conductedwith a non-invasive CT scanner, which allows doctors to scan images of theheart's arteries and examine them for hardened plaque — one of the earlywarning signs of heart disease. If treatment is needed, doctors can offer afull range of options and suggest lifestyle changes to decrease risk of heartdisease and heart attack.

And, the HeartScan is affordable at $49. Toqualify, patients must be 40-years-old or older, not have had the HeartScanwithin the last five years, and must have at least one of the following riskfactors:

  • A family history of heart disease
  • History of a stroke
  • Other vascular disease
  • Smoking
  • Abnormal cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

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