The above logo highlights the unique importance of your heart. Your heart is the hardest working organ in your body. It pumps over 2,000 liters of blood every single day. It never needs to rest or take a break during your lifetime. During the first 70 years, it will beat over 2.5 billion times and pump over 6 million liters of blood. If your heart takes a break for just 15 seconds, you will feel lightheaded, 30 seconds and you will become unconscious, and in 60 seconds, your respiration will become shallow.
You can take certain steps to keep your heart strong even if you live to the ripe old age of 90 or more. The number one enemy of your heart is atherosclerosis (cholesterol plaque build=up) which causes heart attack, sudden death, and chronic heart failure. A healthy lifestyle helps delay the onset of atherosclerosis but in many cases, this is not enough.
Fortunately, atherosclerotic plaques can be detected early - many years before a heart attack strikes. Once detected, it can be stopped and even reversed by plaque-stabilizing, plaque-regressing medical therapy.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. A Video even More.
Here is a picture that captures best what a heart attack is. There are three components needed to have a heart attack: (1) a plaque, (2) a tear in the surface causing plaque rupture, and (3) a clot that stops the blood from flowing to the heart muscle.
Here is a short video excerpt (with permission from the producers of The Widowmaker):
Margaret, John, and Melinda want to share their stories so that others may be spared,
While coronary artery disease remains silent for a long time, its presence can be easily and inexpensively (about $100) detected by a coronary calcium scoring test many years before a heart attack.
After its detection, effective medical treatment can be prescribed by your primary care physician or your cardiologist to stop its progression and prevent a heart attack.
The coronary calcium scoring test was approved, endorsed, and recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology over a decade ago but access to it has been blocked by a lack of public awareness and insurance denial. In Texas, all health insurance companies are mandated by the Texas Heart Attack Prevention Bill to pay for this test.
Our primary objective is to spread the correct information about what the coronary calcium scoring test is and to stop the denial of services by all insurance companies. Consider coronary calcium scoring test as "mammography" for the heart but unlike regular routine mammography, it is done only once or twice during a lifetime in most cases. The secondary objective is to provide reliable information on what to do next after taking the test,
Please visit Save Your Heart Campaign website.
Optimal medical therapy can induce disease regression shown here after only 1 year. After 4 years of medical treatment, what was previously a severe obstruction became just a mild obstruction.
When a 40 or 50 year old patient comes in for heart attack prevention, the initial evaluation involves clinical cardiology expertise.
After or during the initial evaluation, preventive cardiology expertise determines how most accurately determine the risk for cardiovascular events within the next 5 to 10 years.
Advanced Lipid Clinic
Once the severity of risk is known, medical therapy is optimized to the level of risk. Advanced lipid therapy is the foundation of prevention in high risk patients.