The statistics are sobering. Heart disease remains the nation’s leading killer for adults > 35 yrs. Consider these statistics: 1) every 29 seconds an American has a heart attack 2) every 60 seconds and American dies from a heart attack 3) for men and women, 50% or greater of those that have a heart attack had no prior symptoms and their first one was death. Heart disease comes about over years or even decades. There is now technology available that is 99% effective in either confirming or ruling out coronary heart disease with less radiation than one would get exposed to on an airplane flight! “Virtual exams” of our internal organs are now a reality due to advances in medical imaging technology. However, imaging does not provide direct outcomes for the patient- but the information these tests can provide can lead to changes that can decrease heart disease risk factors, potentially reverse damage, and save lives.
This segment will discuss a very specific screening test for coronary heart disease: the Coronary Calcium Scoring test or as some people have heard, “The Heart Scan.” Coronary arteries do not normally have calcium. Calcified plaque in coronary arteries is a leading indicator of heart disease. Using non-invasive, low dose radiation CT scan that takes about 15-20 minutes, patients and providers can now obtain critical cardiac information that can be used post test and in comparison’s over time, to minimize risk and take proactive steps in the maintenance of good heart health or the management of heart disease. The test is most beneficial as a screening tool for patients NOT yet diagnosed with heart disease. Scans are taken of the heart and the results are compared to a scoring system that is measured by a range of no cardiac disease, minimally present, moderately present, extensively present or high risk requiring medical intervention. Information is shared with the patient and their medical provider post test and the patient can return to normal activities when the scan is completed.
In this segment, board-certified preventive cardiologist, Jason Reingold and Dan McGeown, CEO of Virtual Imaging will educate the listeners on the testing methods, patients who benefit most, the scoring system and post test results and what do do about them. Listeners can visit: www.virtualimagingatl.com or www.drjasonreingold.com for more information.
Dr. Jason Reingold
- Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology
- MD from Emory University
- Internal Medicine Residency program completed at UC San Francisco Med Ctr.
- Cardiology fellowship completed at Mass General Hospital in Boston
- Regular appearances on CNN’s Sanjay Gupta’s health program
- CEO, Virtual Imaging Atlanta
- Masters in Education and seasoned entrepreneur