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Florida Hospital DeLand’s New Test Detects Heart Disease in its Earliest Stages
Coronary calcium scans provide high speed images of a patient’s heart that can detect specks of calcium, or calcifications, in the walls of the arteries in the heart. These are early signs of coronary heart disease.
Called a coronary calcium scan, this test provides high speed images of a patient’s heart, without dyes, injections or incisions. These images can detect specks of calcium, or calcifications, in the walls of the arteries in the heart. These calcifications are an early sign of coronary heart disease which can cause a blockage or heart attack.
Because calcifications are an early sign of coronary heart disease, a coronary calcium scan can show whether you're at risk for a heart attack or other heart problems before other signs and symptoms occur.
Men older than 45 and women older than 55 are at risk for developing coronary heart disease. Also at risk are those who are overweight, have an inactive lifestyle or are past or present smokers. In addition, those with either family or personal history of coronary artery disease or anyone with a history of high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure are also at risk for coronary heart disease.
“Even if you currently do not have symptoms, these images could be the most valuable moments of your life,” said Wes Harden, administrative director of radiology at Florida Hospital DeLand. “Heart disease is the nation’s leading killer of men and women alike, and these images of the heart can help determine a patient’s risk of heart disease in its earliest stages, enabling them to take the appropriate steps to avoid heart disease down the road.”
This advancement comes on the heels of several other enhancements to Florida Hospital DeLand’s cardiac services. In January 2014, the hospital acquired Impella, the world’s smallest heart pump for heart attack patients that protects the heart from further damage and enables the left ventricle to heal and gain optimal function. Additionally, Florida Hospital DeLand upgraded one of its cardiac catheterization labs in 2013 and has plans to replace the second and add a third in 2014. In 2012, the hospital added a treatment called Therapeutic-
About Florida Hospital DeLand
Florida Hospital DeLand is a 156-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care. The hospital is a member of the Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeLand community. Florida Hospital DeLand is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Disease-Specific Care Certified by the Joint Commission in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery. Additionally, the hospital is Chest Pain Accredited with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and is also a Certified Stroke Center. For more information about Florida Hospital DeLand, visit http://fh.floridahospital.com/
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