Calcium Heart Scan, detects early death– Recent study shows that a simple heart scan may predict a person’s risk for early death.
Emory University researchers discovered a test to detect person’s early death called coronary artery calcification (CAC) scans.
Coronary Artery Calcification uses x-ray in order look for specks of calcium in the walls of the coronary arteries, the early sign of coronary artery disease.
According to Leslee Shaw, professor of cardiology at Emory University in Atlanta, “These findings give us a better understanding of the importance of coronary calcium scans to predict mortality,”.
“Patients with high calcium scores might be advised by their physicians to adopt healthier lifestyles, which could lead to better outcomes and potentially help lengthen their lives.”, Shaw added.
Calcium heart scan study shows that six times greater of people with no calcium deposit are the risk of early death for those with the largest amounts of calcium in their arteries.
Premature ventricular contractions, known as the extra, abnormal heartbeat of a person.
It occurs in ventricles, causing heart failure and even death, however, this can be prevented through a medical therapy.
According to Gregory Marcus, MD, MAS, director of clinical research in the UCSF Division of Cardiology, senior author,
“We cannot exclude the possibility that PVCs are an ‘epiphenomenon’ or some marker of future heart failure”,
“However, as everyone in our study had no previous history of heart failure and had a normal left ventricle by an ultrasound of the heart, our data would seem to be quite convincing that PVCs represent an important predictor of the disease, causal or not.
If indeed there is a causal relationship, this could represent a new approach to preventing heart failure from occurring in the first place.”