Men’s Health: Preventing a Heart Attack

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of men in the U.S.? Roughly every 36 seconds someone dies from cardiovascular disease and every 40 seconds someone has a heart attack in the United States alone. While treating a heart attack has become less challenging over the years, preventing them can be just as easy, according to Dr. Dave D’Agate from the Suffolk Heart Group.

What are some ways in which a person can change their life to prevent a heart attack or heart disease? Some tips are:

  • Quit smoking
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Know your family history
  • Monitor diabetes

Dr. D’Agate states that we are very good at being aware of the issues that cause heart disease but not so great at making changes to prevent them. It is very important you go to your doctor regularly, get exercise and manage stress.

At Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology we perform an exam called Cardiac Calcium Scoring which is a non-invasive test that uses a CT scan to measure the amount of calcified plaque in your coronary arteries. In roughly ten minutes, this test can help determine your risk for a heart attack and predict your risk for future heart attacks. So, if you want to get a good idea of whether or not you are a “plaque builder,” then a CT scan of the heart might predict other types of non-coronary diseases too.



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