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Heart-Scan (Electron Beam Computed Tomography - EBCT): Using EBCT technology, it is now possible to easily and rapidly detect coronary heart disease and see if the arteries are blocked.

● What the Heart Scans reveal: Following the scan, a patient is then grouped into a category which determines whether they have non-significant, mild, moderate or extensive plaque burden in their coronary arteries. This is then used to provide the patient with recommendations of how to manage the disease, and provide advice as to whether further tests are needed.

Calcium Score Conclusion

Less than 10

This score is non-significant and gives a very low probability of heart disease.

Less than 100

It is a mild score with only a 2% risk of a heart attack and so lipid lowering therapy would be recommended.

Between 101 and 400

This is moderate score and other non-invasive treatment would be recommended.

Greater than 400

Patients with this score would be at high risk of heart disease. Dependent on further testing, procedures ranging from a coronary angiogram through to by-pass surgery could be recommended.

 

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Normal and Abnormal Heart Scans: Frequently Asked Questions

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Abnormal Heart Scans

I have been told my ‘calcium score’. What is this?

In a normal scan, the calcium score will be very low (zero to 10 units). This means that no significant disease (calcium) was found in the heart arteries

If the scan is abnormal, we can tell you how much disease (calcium) is present:

10-100 units: Mild disease
100-400 units: Moderate disease
400+ units: Extensive disease

What does it mean?

No significant coronary heart disease was found
The chance of a heart attack in the next 5 years is very low

Coronary heart disease was found. The chance of a heart attack in the next 5 years is increased >more

What needs to be done?

No specific recommendations, but risk factors (e.g. high blood pressure) might still need to be treated

All risk factors need to be AGGRESSIVELY treated – high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, according to the advice of your Cardiologist.

What other tests might be recommended?

For some individuals, repeating the test in 1-3 years time may be helpful

Depending on the individual further tests may be required. If symptoms like chest pain are present, a test like Dual-Source CT Coronary Angiogram or myocardial perfusion imaging (nuclear cardiology) may be helpful to see if the coronary arteries are sufficiently diseased that they have become blocked.

Is effective treatment available?

 

Yes. The point of early detection of heart disease is so that we can start you on the many treatments that are known to be effective. Medication can reduce the risk of further heart attack. Blocked arteries can be unblocked.

 

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London Thallium heart scans A thallium heart scans is used to evaluate the blood supply to the heart scans muscle. It can identify areas of the heart that may have a poor blood supply as a result of damage from a previous heart attack or blocked coronary arteries. A thallium heart scans may more accurately detect ischemic heart disease. This type of scans is most likely to be helpful in cases in which the exercise test is inconclusive, the patient cannot exercise adequately, or a quantitative evaluation of blood flow is required. In addition to evaluating coronary artery disease, thallium scans can help to evaluate blood flow following treatment of clogged arteries with coronary artery bypass graft surgery or angioplasty.

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UK Scans will reveal risk of heart attacks: Evening Standard (London) DOCTORS can now accurately predict if a patient is likely to have a heart attack with a new scans. Research carried out in London found that a new type of scans could pick up the risk by checking calcium in the arteries. A team at The Windsor Hospital discovered they can accurately predict which patients with diabetes are at higher risk and need treatment. Up to 80 per cent of diabetics die of heart scans problems which have been difficult to find early enough. A study in the European Heart scans Journal today shows how electron beam technology is able to calculate the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries and give each patient a risk estimate. More than 500 people with Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity, had a scans.
 
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London Facts about Heart Scans (EBCT) The EBCT "heart scans" is an elegant, sophisticated x-ray that very accurately identifies and quantifies the presence or absence of calcium deposits, both in or around the coronary arteries (arteries that feed the heart scans). Strong statistical correlation exists between the presence of these calcium deposits and the presence of coronary heart disease. It should be noted, however, the statistical correlation is heavily age dependent, as calcium deposition appears to be a natural phenomenon of aging. Click Here
Europe Heart Scans...Should You Get One? So-called "heart scans" are specialized CT scans that measure calcium in the coronary arteries. Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a process that develops over many years and represents the deposit of plaques in the walls of the arteries. These plaques may obstruct blood flow, and, as their size increases, they may obstruct blood flow enough to cause angina pectoris (chest pain) or myocardial infarction (heart attack). These plaques consist of cholesterol, calcium, muscle cells, and connective tissue. There is a fairly good correlation between the amount of calcium in an artery and the degree of plaque in the same artery. Click Here
England Heart Attack Prevention Coronary atherosclerosis is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. Coronary atherosclerosis is the major cause of heart attacks. Heart attacks are the major cause of sudden unexpected death among otherwise healthy adults in the prime of their lives. Heart attacks are also a significant cause of heart failure (due to weakened heart muscle) in this country. Heart scans failure considerably decreases a person’s longevity and quality of life. In dollar terms, coronary heart scans disease is costly. The total cost of coronary artery bypass surgery, coronary angioplasty and stenting, medications, and hospitalizations exceeds 50 billion dollars annually. Click Here
UK What are heart scans? Heart scans are specialized CT scans that measure calcium in the coronary arteries. Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a process that develops over many years and represents the deposit of plaques in the walls of the arteries. These plaques may obstruct blood flow, and, as their size increases, they may obstruct blood flow enough to cause angina pectoris (chest pain) or myocardial infarction (heart attack). These plaques consist of cholesterol, calcium, muscle cells, and connective tissue. There is a fairly good correlation between the amount of calcium in an artery and the degree of plaque in the same artery scans. Click Here
London CORONARY ARTERY CALCIUM SCANS These scans measure the amount of calcium buildup in the arteries of the heart. Calcium scans is one of many substances found in atherosclerotic plaques. The calcium score correlates with the amount and severity of blockages a person has. A higher score predicts an increased risk of heart problems in the future. These scans are also called ultrafast CT (computed tomography) scans because they are faster than traditional CT scanners. Click Here
Europe Coronary heart scans Coronary heart disease (CHD), also called coronary artery disease (CAD) and atherosclerotic heart disease, is the end result of the accumulation of atheromatous plaques within the walls of the arteries that supply the myocardium (the muscle of the heart scans). While the symptoms and signs of coronary heart disease are noted in the advanced state of disease, most individuals with coronary heart disease show no evidence of disease for decades as the disease progresses before the first onset of symptoms, often a "sudden" heart attack, finally arise. After decades of progression, some of these atheromatous plaques may rupture and (along with the activation of the blood clotting system) start limiting blood flow to the heart muscle. The disease is the most common cause of sudden death, and is also the most common reason for death of Men or woman over 65 years of Age. Click Here
London Cardiology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Cardiology is the branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the heart scans and blood vessels. The field is commonly divided in the branches of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology. Physicians specializing in this field of medicine are called cardiologists. Click Here