February is American Heart Month!
Feb 04, 2019
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both American men and women. African American men are especially susceptible. So it’s good news that February is National Heart Month, since it inspires us to examine one of the most pressing health concerns in the United States and to make positive changes to our lifestyles.
February also hosts Valentine’s Day, which is all about affairs of the heart, so it’s a good match.
Did you know that:
1) Cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 836,546 deaths in the US each year. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US.
2) About 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 seconds.
3) Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease combined.
4) Coronary Heart Disease is the leading cause (43.8 percent) of deaths attributable to cardiovascular disease in the US, followed by Stroke (16.8 percent), Heart Failure (9.0 percent), High Blood Pressure (9.4 percent), diseases of the arteries (3.1 percent), and other cardiovascular diseases (17.9 percent).
5) Heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the US.
Celebrate American Heart Month by learning your Cardiac Calcium Score. Cardiac Calcium Scoring is a quick and non-invasive test that uses a CT exam to detect and measure the amount of calcium in your coronary arteries, which is an indicator of heart disease. Cardiac Calcium Scoring can detect calcium deposits before they get large enough to obstruct the blood vessel. This is a valuable screening test to identify an individual who has no symptoms, but has significant plaque in the blood vessel wall. It is not unusual for this small amount of plaque to change shape and attract a clot, thus resulting in a heart attack.
Schedule your Cardiac Calcium screening at Suburban Imaging - Coon Rapids or Suburban Imaging – Southdale today! A referral is not needed to schedule this test however, it should be done under the supervision of your healthcare provider to properly use any findings.
Learn more about Cardiac Calcium Scoring here.