Malaysian’s Number One Killer, Heart Disease

CT Angiography

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the world today and this is attributed to the low level of awareness amongst people around the world that heart disease can be prevented through early detection and intervention. Heart Attack or Sudden Cardiac Death is the first presentation of heart disease in a majority of all cases.

Are you at risk of heart disease?
Risk factors for developing heart disease include:
– Controllable
– High Blood Pressure
– High Cholesterol Level
– High Blood Sugar / Diabetes
– Smoking
– Overweight / Obesity
– Lack of Physical Activity
– Uncontrollable
– Family Genetics
– Age (40 years old above)
– Sex (Male)
– Infection

Before heart disease is discovered, patients usually have certain symptoms such as:
– Chest pain
– Difficulty in breathing / shortness of breath
– Dizziness
– Cold sweat
– Vomiting

What is CT Angiography (CTA)?
CTA is a non-invasive procedure to visualize soft plaque and calcium deposit in the Coronary Arteries in 3D image by using the world’s fastest CT Scanner (640-Slice). This painless, non-invasive test shows blockages and narrowing of the arteries that increase heart attack risk.

How would a CTA benefit us?
CTA helps doctors treat heart disease, determine if current treatments are effective and, in some cases, may prevent the need for more invasive tests. Data gathered from the CTA helps cardiologists determine if a patient may need cholesterol-lowering drugs, and if other medicines or lifestyle changes are recommended to reduce the risk for heart attack.

640-Slice CT Scanner Examines Patients Faster With Less Radiation
The world’s fastest CT Scanner – the 640 Slice CT scanner offers the latest in medical technology for superior diagnostic power, while using 80% less radiation. The scanner ensures unsurpassed visualization of vessels and tissue structures for doctors to make an accurate diagnosis with confidence in the shortest amount of time.  The 640-slice CT scanner can image the entire heart in less than one third of a second thus one rotation is all it takes to capture an entire heart.

The scanner can determine the presence of calcium build-up on the walls as well as the patency of the arteries. Patients can start preventive therapies if they have any degree of calcium in the heart, which, if untreated, could lead to the presence of significant narrowing or progressive blockages and ultimately, a heart attack. In these cases, the patient can undergo interventional treatment such as angioplasty or bypass surgery.

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