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Patients are becoming more proactive about their health, and when it comes to heart attack prevention nothing is more effective! In fact, most heart attacks in 2017 and beyond could be prevented.

Understanding new, patient friendly tests that can identify a problem before it becomes critical, and how to improve your health after being tested are very important.

Did you know that for 50% of adults the first sign or symptom of heart disease will be a heart attack or sudden death? Together with your doctor, we can change that!
  
Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring

A calcium score test (or heart scan) is a 10 minute test with no needles, patient prep, or recovery. It is done in the open CT scanner and uses new software that allows doctors - for the first time - to look at the arteries of your heart from outside the body to check for blockages that cause heart attacks.

Finding blockages early allows many options for treatment and may prevent heart attacks from ever occurring.

This test saves lives, costs around $100, and is available at most hospitals and imaging centers. 
​Who Should Have the Test?

Coronary calcium score testing is recommended by leading cardiologists around the world.

Calcium scoring is for people without symptoms or known heart disease. Adults aged 45-80 that have 1-2+ risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, family history of heart disease, obesity, tobacco use, etc. are suggested to have this test.

If you match these criteria you can either ask your doctor or call your local hospital or imaging center to get scheduled for the test.


​What Do My Test Results Mean?

Coronary calcium score results fall into 3 categories:

No Disease: Zero scores

Early Stage Disease: 1-399 scores

Advanced Disease: 400+ scores

It is important that your doctor review your test results with you to develop a medical management plan based on the individual results of your test.

Based on over 200,000 patients: approximately 40% of patients had a zero score, 45% had early stage disease, and 15% had advanced disease.




​Treatment Options

Patients with a zero score should be re-tested once every 5 years and continue healthy behaviors to prevent disease onset. 

Patients with 1-399 scores need to work with their doctor to develop a medical management plan to stop the progression of the blockages. This can include lifestyle changes, diet, medications, supplements, weight loss, etc.

Patients with scores 400+ need to see a cardiologist for more detailed testing. It is important to determine how extensive the blockages are which could range from minimal to severe. Some patients with scores over 1000 may require a medical procedure to open up the blockages and prevent a heart attack. This test saves lives for these patients.






Recommended Reading

"Get More From Your Score" is a fantastic book for patients about calcium scoring and heart attack prevention. An easy and entertaining read that nicely explains heart disease allowing the patient a better understanding and more involvement in their care.

"I support and commend Dr. Janik's detailed guide on how to detect plaque early and prevent a heart attack"
Dr. Paolo Raggi
Cardiologist/Director
Alberta Heart Institute

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National Heart Health Partner Aarush Manchanda, MD, FACC
Precision Medicine















UNDERSTANDING HEART DISEASE RISK FACTORS

In this radio interview, Dr. Aarush Manchanda explains his heart house analogy and what heart disease risk factors are involved in families with a history of heart problems.

The first question Dr. Manchanda is asked in this interview is why he has described his approach to heart health as the “artisan’s approach.” Dr. Manchanda explains that it’s because he wants to emphasize the fact that one size doesn’t fit all. All of our houses look different and all of our needs are different, which is why he’s a strong believer that the standard approach to medicine we all seem to take for granted is not the solution. Instead, we need to have an artisan’s approach.

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QUICK CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE TO HELP PREVENT HEART DISEASE

Looking past clichés, food swaps, and the interplay of diet and exercise are topics covered in this radio interview of Dr. Aarush Manchanda by Gordon Deal from This Morning.

The numbing effects of heart health clichés
One important point of modern heart disease prevention that Dr. Manchanda points out in this interview is the fact that even though the solutions are out there, people still don’t take the steps required for maintaining a healthy heart.

Read more about this precision medicine approach to heart health:
https://www.theartisansapproach.com/blogs/education/quick-changes-to-prevent-heart-disease















HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR HEART HEALTH?

Maintaining an effective diet, how to prevent heart disease, and the best way to create public change with regards to heart health are some of the topics Dr. Manchanda covers in his interview with Radio 620 WTMJ with Derrell Connor.

Customizing your diet using food swaps

Food swaps are a dieting tactic Dr. Manchanda outlines in his book, Your Heart House. By simply replacing certain food items for heart healthy snacks and alternatives (lettuce for bread, water for juices and soda, fruit for dessert, etc.) you’re already taking an enormous step towards preventing heart disease.

Read more about this precision medicine approach to helping your heart health:
https://www.theartisansapproach.com/blogs/education/how-can-you-help-your-heart



Heart Disease: The Facts, Myths and Causes

Dr. Manchanda starts by discussing how there are many aspects that affect heart health, especially nutrition. Even in traditional medicine, the belief was that the health of our hearts was related to our diets, this fact hasn’t changed in modern times. The phrase, “you are what you eat” is apt here because the cardiovascular epidemic we are witnessing today is largely caused by bad dietary habits and a lack of exercise.
















WINE AND HEART HEALTH: TWO GLASSES OF WINE A DAY KEEP THE HEART DOCTOR AWAY!

Yes … you read it correctly. You may have heard of “the French paradox,” a term that’s been bandied about for three decades now. The French eat all kinds of yummy foods like Brie cheese, Quiche Lorraine, and omelets cooked in butter. Yet, they experience less heart disease than many other countries—the opposite of what you might think. That’s the French paradox.

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​Frequently Asked Questions

Q- What is coronary calcium?
A- Calcium that is found in the arteries is a type of plaque (or blockage). This type of calcium is not related to calcium in your diet or calcium supplements your doctor may have you taking.  

Q- I heard there is radiation involved with this test. Is it dangerous?
A- Coronary calcium scoring involves very little radiation and is safe. The amount of radiation is comparable to that of a Mammography test and less than the amount you would experience flying across the country.

Q- Where can I get my Coronary Calcium Score test done?
A- Most hospitals offer this test in their CT or radiology departments. Imaging centers and some cardiology practices also offer testing.

Q- What if someone I know does not want to be tested saying they "don't want to know"?
A- Reassure them that this is a very patient friendly test, most will not have upsetting results, and that the results will help them avoid more serious disease and medical procedures and could save their life.

Q- Where do I find a "National Heart Health" location in my area for testing?
A- Click on the "Member Sites" tab on the top of this page and scroll through the many providers that offer the "World's Largest Early Detection Program" state by state and country by country. Please check back often as new sites are being added every day.