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CT heart scan with a calcium score may be just as good as the results of a treadmill test to determine a future heart attack?

CT heart scan with a calcium score may be just as good as the results of a treadmill test to determine a future heart attack?

Calcium score of 0: A calcium score of 0 is predictive of no future heart attack because it means the individual doesn't have arteriosclerosis. Neither a stress test nor a CTA are crystal balls and neither accurately predict future heart attacks. Negative results mean the person is statistically at lower risk but if you are the among the 5 in a 100, your risk is 100%. We have no good test to predict the future. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Echocardiogram, CT heart scan or cardiac mri. What does each one test for and how accurate are they? Holter results less than 1% of beats pacs an pvcs

Echocardiogram, CT heart scan or cardiac mri. What does each one test for and how accurate are they? Holter results less than 1% of beats pacs an pvcs

Imaging tests: Echo uses sound waves to image cardiac structure and function. Ct scan uses computerized x-ray examination to do similar imaging and MRI uses yet another technology. Echo gives real time wall motion imaging while the other two are almost real time. They are all very accurate and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. We choose depending on what specifically we need in information. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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When is a CT heart scan not effective ?

When is a CT heart scan not effective ?

Cardiac CT: Cardiac arrhythmias, rapid heart rate, patient motion, obesity can all limit the accuracy of the test. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Take medications as prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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Failed stress test, pass CT heart scan/ am I ok?

Failed stress test, pass CT heart scan/ am I ok?

Don't know: Cannot answer that question without doing a thorough examination on you. Ask your doctor what results mean. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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