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St. Vincent now offering HeartScan

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Heart disease is the top cause of death in the United States and kills one out of every two Americans.

In an effort to reduce the numbers, St. Vincent Clay Hospital is now offering the $49 HeartScan.

The HeartScan is a non-invasive CT scan where images of the heart's coronary arteries are examined for hardened plaque -- one of the early warning signs of a heart attack.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone in the United States suffers a heart attack every 25 seconds. Because heart disease often strikes without warning or symptoms, many people do not know they are at risk until it is too late.

"The addition of the HeartScan test at our hospital is aimed at identifying heart disease in men and women in our community," St. Vincent Clay Hospital Administrator Jerry Laue said. "We are proud to be able to provide the $49 HeartScan close to home."

The HeartScan is recommended for men and women 40-older, every five years.

To further evaluate whether a HeartScan is right, consult with a family physician.

Following the HeartScan, if treatment is needed, doctors can offer a range of options and suggest lifestyle changes to decrease the risk of heart disease and a heart attack.

To schedule a HeartScan, log on to www.BestHeartCare.com, or call 1-866-432-4457.

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