Medical Imaging at Fredericksburg Detecting Heart Problems Early
Medical Imaging at Fredericksburg, the region’s largest imaging center,
is now using advanced scanning technology to reduce heart attacks and
sudden cardiac death among area residents.
The “Heart Attack Prevention and Early Detection Program” is
centered on coronary calcium scoring – a painless, five-minute test
that can find calcium in the coronary arteries before symptoms appear.
The simple test, delivered using a 64-slice, low radiation-dose CT scanner,
allows doctors to identify heart disease in its earliest stages, prevent
it from worsening, and reduce life-threatening events.
The traditional way of determining a person’s risk for a heart attack
is with blood markers like cholesterol. But cholesterol levels are not
the best predictors of a problem since many patients with heart disease
are found to have normal levels. Medical Imaging at Fredericksburg’s
cardiac screening program identifies people
before they have symptoms and are unaware that they are at risk.