A simple test for heart disease predicts long-term mortality

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Canadians–but the good news is that a simple test that can accurately predict long term mortality (chance of death in next 15 years) is available and it can help guide preventive management.

Coronary Artery Calcification (CAC) is a reflection of disease in the arteries that supply the heart. We’ve known for a few years now, that the amount of CAC can predict whether a patient is at risk for a serious cardiac “event” in the next five years. A recent large-scale study has shown that CAC results are even more valuable: they found that CAC was highly predictive for up to 15 years.

When a patient is shown to have calcium in their coronary arteries, they have coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD may be mild or advanced, but this important information helps you and your doctor come up with a game plan that might include some lifestyle changes or medication.

A test for CAC is a simple scan done by CT – it’s completely non-invasive, takes only minutes and doesn’t require any preparation by the patient. The test measures the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries and then provides a score of your relative risks of having a serious cardiac event in the next several years.

Canada Diagnostic Centres has been providing CAC exams since 2000 and is one of the most experienced facilities in Canada in providing this test. For more information about this useful exam, click here or give us a call at 604-709-8522.

  Filed under: Categories: Cardiovascular, CT Scans, Early Detection, News, and Screening Exams. Tags: Calcium Score, coronary, coronary calcium, heart attack risk, heart disease, Private CT, and Private MRI.
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Our radiologists’ research featured at international conference

The Radiological Society of North America (“RSNA”) is holding its annual international conference in Chicago this week.  Canada Diagnostic Centres is very proud that three of our radiologists have research that is being presented at this high-profile conference.

The RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting has 53,000 attendees from around the world.  The Scientific Assembly is considered the premiere scientific radiology forum in the world – providing the most up-to-date and leading edge research into all aspects of radiology.

Drs. Bruce Forster and Gordon Andrews are contributing authors to research posters on musculo-skeletal imaging and improving CT reporting for radiology residents.  Dr. Forster is also moderating and presenting at an educational session on elbow/hand/wrist imaging.

Dr. Hugue Ouellette, our Medical Director is a contributing author to eight research papers which have been accepted for presentation at this year’s Assembly.  His topics include musculo-skeletal imaging and radiology in emergency settings.

Our radiologists’ research was conducted at UBC Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital – facilities where they also work, teach and research.

We’re very proud of the work our radiologists do both at Canada Diagnostic and our local teaching hospitals – and we would like to congratulate them on their contributions to this year’s RSNA Scientific Assembly.

If you are considering a private MRI, CT or Ultrasound exam, we would be happy to help.  To learn more about our services, please visit our website or call us at 1-877-709-8522.

  Filed under: Categories: CDC News, CT Scans, MRI Scans, MSK, Orthopedic, and Sport Medicine. Tags: Canada Diagnostic Vancouver, MRI, MRI Vancouver, Private CT, Private CT Scan Vancouver, Private MRI, and sport medicine.
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Cut the risk of heart attack in half by controlling blood pressure & cholesterol

A new research article in the medical journal Circulation shows that patients may reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by at least half by getting their blood pressure and cholesterol under control.

A healthy lifestyle is important for minimizing cardiovascular disease but so is taking medications if they are needed to get control over blood pressure and cholesterol.  While preventing heart disease is important, maintaining healthy blood vessels is too!

If you have risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history, overweight or sedentary lifestyle, you might benefit from having a Coronary Artery Calcium Score (CACS).  A CACS takes a look at your coronary arteries and can spot small amounts hard plaque in your vessel walls – an early indicator of cardiovascular disease.

For more information about CACS, see our other blog articles:  Patients Who “See” Their Heart Disease are Much More Motivated to Follow Doctor’s Orders (July 31, 2012) and #1 Heart Disease Predictor (September 13, 2012).

Call us today to find out more about CACS at 1-877-709-8522 or send us an email at info@canadadiagnostic.com.  You can read more about our CACS scan and other screening exams offered at Canada Diagnostic here.

  Filed under: Categories: Cardiovascular, Early Detection, Heart Scans, and Screening Exams. Tags: Calcium Score, Canada Diagnostic Vancouver, coronary calcium, CT scan, CT Screening, early detection, heart disease, heart scan, Lung Cancer Screening, MRI Vancouver, Private CT, Private MRI Vancouver, and Screening Exams.
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CT sees Twice the lung cancers of Xray

A new analysis of data from the landmark 2011 National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found that low-does CT detected twice as many early-stage lung cancers as x-ray on initial screening.

The NLST found that participants who received low-dose helical CT scans had a 20.0 percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer than participants who received standard chest X-rays.

You can read more here.

At Canada Diagnostic, we have been providing Screening Lung CT scans since 2002.  This exam may be right for you if you have a history of smoking or exposure to environmental risk factors (asbestos, desert living, second-hand smoke).  Please call us at 604-709-8522 to learn more, or visit our website.

  Filed under: Categories: CT Scans, Early Detection, Lung Cancer, and Screening Exams. Tags: lung cancer, Lung Cancer Screening, Private CT, Private MRI, and Private MRI Vancouver.
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The benefits of CT Calcium Scoring keep making news!

American Heart AssociationCT Calcium Scoring broadens heart attack risk prediction – November 2011

LancetCoronary Calcium Scores are best for guiding statin therapy – August 2011

Journal of the American College of CardiologyMESA results confirm prognostic value of CT calcium scoring – July 2011

Journal of the American College of CardiologyCoronary Artery Calcium progression predicts mortality – December 2010

Journal of the American College of CardiologyAdding CT calcium scoring to traditional risk factors increases accuracy in determining which risk category a patient should be placed in – October 2010

If you are age 50+, consider a CT Calcium Score to help you and your doctor determine your best course of action.  Call us today at 1-877-709-8522 or email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com

 

  Filed under: Categories: Cardiovascular, CT Scans, and Heart Scans. Tags: Calcium Score, Canada Diagnostic, Heart Scans, Private CT, Private MRI, and Vancouver.
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Daily Aspirin May Help Prevent Colon Cancer

In big news last week, results of a study suggest that taking aspirin daily, may help prevent colon cancer in people who have a known genetic predisposition for the disease.  After five years of taking the aspirin, high-risk patients in the study had their cancer risk reduced by 50%.

Aspirin alone – whether a person is high-risk or not – is not the entire solution. Regular screening for colon cancer is a MUST.  There are several types of screening tests available including CT Colonography (“Virtual Colonoscopy”) which the American Cancer includes as one of its recommended screening exams.  As part of his health check, President Obama underwent Virtual Colonoscopy last year.

Canada Diagnostic has been offering Virtual Colonoscopy since 2002.  All of our Radiologists have full College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC Certification to read Virtual Colonoscopy.  To learn more about Virtual Colonoscopy, please take a look at our info sheet:  QA – Virtual Colonoscopy.

Contact us to learn more about Virtual Colonoscopy and other screening exams available.  1-877-709-8522 or info@canadadiagnostic.com.

  Filed under: Categories: Colon Cancer and CT Scans. Tags: Canada Diagnostic Vancouver, CT Colonography, Private CT, and Virtual Colonoscopy.
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