A sudden SEVERE instance of abnormal heart function.
Causes chest pain, weakness or DEATH.
We are all susceptible to heart attack and stroke.
And they kill more…
than any other disease in the US
Jim Fixx Died at age 52 Author and Boston Marathon runner
Cause of death: Heart attack (while jogging)
Autopsy report found:
One coronary artery was 99% clogged
Another was 80% obstructed
A third was 70% blocked
Fixx had experienced three other attacks in the weeks prior to his death
Cause of death: Heart attack Autopsy report found: Blocked coronary artery Darryl Kile Died at age 34 Professional baseball pitcher
Cause of death: Heart attack Died of an apparent heart attack while attending a McDonald’s convention in Florida. Jim Cantalupo Died at age 60 CEO McDonald’s Corporation
Cause of death: Heart attack James Coburn Died at age 70 Actor
Cause of death: Heart attack Autopsy report found: Cholesterol plaque ruptured in an artery, causing sudden coronary thrombosis Tim Russert Died at age 58 NBC Washington Bureau Chief
Many FACTORS contribute to a higher risk for heart disease or stroke…
Risk Factors for Heart Disease Include:
High blood pressure
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
High LDL Cholesterol
Low HDL Cholesterol
among many others
It’s been known for more than 40 years that the Carotid Arteries in the neck are a CLEAR WINDOW into the cardiovascular system .
Because the Carotid Arteries are close to the surface of the skin, Ultrasound can be used to get very clear images of the arteries .
Ultrasound waves can see into the Carotid Arteries.
The scan uses Ultrasound equipment like this to take a picture of the arteries in your neck.
The ultrasound probe is placed on your neck like this.
And the results look like this…
Common Carotid Artery
Intima layer of artery
Media layer of artery
Luman or blood flow in artery
The Ultrasound images show the arteries at stages of Atherosclerosis
Vascular Age compared to Actual age
Vascular Age 52 years old Chronological Age 48 years old Vascular Age Difference 5 years With a 5 year difference you are about TWICE as likely to have a heart attack or stroke than people of your age in the next 10 years .
PCI HeartScan also tells if you have plaque or buildup in your arteries .
You CONTROL the CHOICES that DIRECTLY affect your risk for heart attack and stroke
What you eat.
How much you eat.
How much you exercise.
How you manage stress.
The choice whether or not to smoke.
Medications you take.
After the results from a PCI HeartScan are known…
You may need medication to REDUCE your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Helps the physician know when medications ARE needed and how much .
Heart Disease and Stroke can be FATAL .
You may not know if you have heart disease… But We Do!
If it isn’t reimbursed by your health insurance, it’s available for a small cost… Ask your doctor ! Ask your Doctor about…