Acknowledge Heart Disease Awareness Month with Park Avenue Radiologists!
POSTED ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 AT 10:12 AM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind
It’s Heart Disease Awareness Month! At Park Avenue Radiologists, we’re reminding patients to schedule their annual CT Scans for swift diagnosis of any unusual signs of the coronary arteries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 385,000 people annually.
Caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries leading to the heart, coronary heart disease is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. As a result, blood flow to the heart can slow or stop. Symptoms may include fatigue or shortness of breath, general weakness, or as if someone is squeezing your heart. Some patients however, may not have symptoms, making it difficult to determine whether you suffer from the early signs of heart disease.
Those at an increased risk of developing heart disease include patients who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or who are smokers. When you have symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease, your doctor may recommend a CT Coronary Angiography. Traditional imaging methods, such as the EKG, can miss soft plaque inside the arteries.
At Park Avenue Radiologists, we provide the sophisticated CT Coronary Angiography for advanced imaging of the heart vessels. In fact, our office is one of the first outpatient facilities in Manhattan to install the latest generation of multi slice CT Scanners for non-invasive imaging of the coronary arteries.
The multi-detector CT scanner helps us detect small lesions through isotropic imaging. Isotropic imaging allows for the same intensity of radiation, regardless of the direction of measurement. In addition, due to the high number of detectors, image resolution is nearly identical in all three dimensions.
CT Coronary Angiography is performed in less than 10 minutes at our state-of-the-art facility. During your imaging, one of our specially trained technicians will place an ECG leads on your chest to assess for calcification in the coronary arteries. You will then be given an intravenous injection to help temporarily reduce your heart rate, making the images even clearer and easier to interpret.
Help spread awareness with us, and schedule your appointment for your CT Scan today! Our doctors, technicians, and staff at Park Avenue Radiologists welcome any questions you may have about CT Scans in NYC for heart disease. Call our New York City office at 212.888.1000, or request your appointment online today!
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