Detecting Your Risk for a Heart Attack – Video

As part of American Heart Month, you may be thinking about your health and whether you’re at risk for a heart attack. There’s a safe test that can give you an answer, yet few people know about the procedure, called a Calcium Score CT Scan, and how readily available it is.

In about two minutes, the CT Scan machine uses X-rays to create images of your heart and the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. Calcium detected in the heart arteries is a marker for plaque in the arteries, which is coronary artery disease.

You may want to consider having a Calcium Score CT Scan if you’re young to middle-aged and have risk factors such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Tobacco use
  • A family history of heart disease

Learn more in a special video report.

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Other heart attack risk factors include:

  • Family history of heart attack
  • Lack of physical activity.
  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Illegal drug use.
  • A history of preeclampsia (the condition causes high blood pressure during pregnancy and increased the lifetime risk of heart disease)
  • A history of an autoimmune condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus

Your health care professional can discuss your heart attack risks and how to reduce them.

Meet the Author

Scott T. Weslow, MD is an interventional cardiologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, WI.

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