Sunday, February 1, 2009

A Valentine’s Gift for the Heart from Your Heart

For those who are looking for a meaningful gift for Valentine’s Day, the Piedmont Heart Institute offers a gift for the heart that you can purchase online. The CT coronary calcium scan is a quick and painless method for the detection and risk assessment of coronary artery disease. For $125, your loved one will receive a CT scan of his/her heart with the Aquilion® ONE Dynamic Volume CT Scanner at Piedmont Hospital, the first CT scanner of its kind in Georgia. A report of the findings will be mailed to the patient or his/her personal physician.

According to statistics from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, 50 percent of men and 64 percent of women who died suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms of the disease. While many people think they would know if they were at risk, it’s best to be checked so you enjoy time together with loved ones for years to come.

“The CT coronary calcium scan is a non-invasive way of obtaining information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries, which is a sign of coronary artery disease,” according to Szilard Voros, M.D., chief of prevention, wellness and women’s heart disease at the Piedmont Heart Institute. “Because calcium is a marker of disease, the findings are given a calcium score, and the amount of calcium detected is a very helpful predictive tool.”

Piedmont’s Aquilion® ONE from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., can reduce diagnosis time from hours and days to a matter of minutes. Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT system builds one 3D image of an entire organ in a single rotation by using 320, half-millimeter, detector rows so physicians can see everything inside the organ. Physicians provide one comprehensive exam that reduces cost and radiation exposure by eliminating multiple tests; and access to complete, accurate information to diagnose and treat patients faster.

Piedmont Heart Health Advantage, a predictive and preventive service of the Piedmont Heart Institute, also offers cardiovascular consultations and advanced lipid testing that includes genetic markers.

To purchase a gift for the heart from the heart, visit For more information, call Piedmont Heart Health Advantage at 404-605-5222.

A free, online, risk evaluation also is available at Click on HEARTawareTM to take a seven-minute risk evaluation that may save your life. Once the assessment is completed, each participant is provided with a customized confidential report that explains his/her specific risk factors for heart disease, as well as recommendations for lifestyle modifications to reduce those risks.
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