Earlier Coronary Plaque Detection

Coronary Calcium Scoring Costs less than $100 and Saves Lives

Traditional Method can't tell if you have and how much plaques you have in your coronary arteries. This method is guesswork.

10 Year CV Risk EstimatorPalmistry

Doctor says to his patient: Based on your risk factors, your 10-year risk score is 25% which puts you in the high risk category and I will start you on medical therapy.

Patient asks: Do I have plaques?     Doctor replies: It can’t tell me that. But probably. I don’t know that.

Patient asks: How much plaques do I have?     Doctor replies: It can’t tell. I don’t know that.

Patient asks: Is it possible that I really don’t have plaques?     Doctor: Yes. It is possible.

Patient asks: But if I don’t have plaques, is there any benefit getting treated for it?     Doctor: Probably no. 

Patient asks: I really don’t want treatment for plaques if I don’t have any. Is there another way?     Doctor: Get your coronary calcium score.

Most physicians don’t compute for this 10-year Cardiovascular Risk Calculation because they don’t really believe in its reliability. Because this calculation does not provide the answers to basic questions, the prescribed treatment may or maybe not be the optimal treatment for that particular patient, and because of these limitations, patient compliance is poor, especially after a year or two.

Earlier Coronary Plaque Detection - “Like mammography for the heart"

Everyone accepts the value to having mammography and colonoscopy. Coronary calcium scoring is like mammography or colonoscopy for the heart. But it only needs to be done once, occasionally twice a few years apart.

1. Should be covered by all insurance companies but they don’t. They will pay for much more expensive testing and treatment when the disease is more advanced - treatment of heart attack, stents, heart bypass, cardiac catheterization, etc.

2. This is a simple test: no IV injection of contrast or radioisotopes, no exercise, quick - just hold your breathe for 15 seconds, no exercise needed, no special preparation, very low radiation exposure.

3. Two examples of reports and you don’t have to be a doctor to understand why it is very helpful.

Patient 1 John - Same risk factors as patient 2. Calcium Score = 0 (ZERO). No calcified plaque detected. Very low risk.

Patient 2 James - Same risk factors as Patient 1. Calcium Score =522 - lots of calcified plaques detected. Very high risk.

Precise Medicine - Patient 1 John and Patient 2 Jim require very different approach.

For Patient 2, medical plaque therapy to stop plaque progression, prevent plaque rupture and induce plaque regression is the precise treatment needed. Patient 1 does not need this treatment.

Suggested watching an award-winning Netflix documentary: The Widowmaker

David Bobbett is one of Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs who funded this documentary and whose case was featured in The Widowmaker movie. He became angry why this $100 test was not available to every adult with risk factors in his Ireland - so he started Irish Heart Disease Awareness. Why doesn’t the US have a David Bobbett?

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