Princeton, NJ, June 22, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death. According to the American Heart Association, for about 65% of men and 47% of women who are developing coronary artery disease the first symptom of their disease is a heart attack or sudden death. Most physicians still rely on a Cardiac Stress Test to find evidence of this silent killer before it strikes. For the patient, a “normal” stress test is usually taken as a reassuring sign that all is well. Yet the evidence is clear that in the vast majority of those with coronary disease a stress test is very likely to be normal right up until sudden death or a heart attack strikes.
Princeton Longevity Center explains in a new article why a stress test may not be the correct test to identify your RISK of heart attack or progressive coronary artery disease.
More effective tools have been developed to detect the presence of plaque many years before a stress test is likely to be abnormal. High definition CT scanners can painlessly and non-invasively look directly at the arteries to see the presence of calcium deposits in the artery wall that are associated with developing plaque. The amount of calcium is an excellent indicator of the severity of heart attack risk. CT Angiography, a scan that uses an intravenous dye injection and even higher resolution scanning, can measure the degree of narrowing in an artery. CT Angiography can be very helpful in deciding whether an abnormal stress test result is a false-positive or truly indicates a narrowing that needs further treatment.
For More Information on Why a Stress Test May Not be the Right Test, visit princetonlongevitycenter.com/cardiac_stress_tests/