Heart Patient Declares: “My doctor ignored my heart scan. It took a heart attack to prove him wrong!”

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Current trends in the use of CT heart scans predict that they will soon eclipse stress tests as a means to uncover hidden heart disease. The public is clamoring for reliable information on this rapidly growing technology. But have doctors kept up with the demand?

CT heart scans have become an everyday phenomenon in most major U.S. cities. Around 150 free-standing centers now operate nationwide that provide heart scanning services. A growing number of hospitals are now adding the newest version of these devices, the 64-slice device manufactured by health care giants GE, Phillips, Toshiba, and Siemens. No reliable estimates are available that have tabulated the number of people who’ve undergone these screening tests since their introduction in the late 1980s, but Bruce Friedman, CEO of HeartCheck America, with two scan sites in Chicago (University of Illinois-Chicago, Arlington Heights) and one in Los Angeles, reports that the Chicago centers alone have scanned over 100,000 people since their start. Even if we were to conservatively estimate that each of the 150 established centers scanned only 2000 people per year, that’s 300,000 per year.

“What’s the use of a heart scan to detect hidden heart disease if your doctor doesn’t understand what it means?” asks Milwaukee cardiologist Dr. William Davis. “I’ve seen everything from neglect to inappropriate bypass surgery. We shouldn’t allow this to continue.” Davis estimates that less than a quarter of all practicing physicians have devoted the background study to understand what heart scans mean. “All too often, busy physicians provide flip advice that has no basis. It's inexcusable, given the hundreds of scientific studies that have now been published validating CT heart scans.” Davis is author of the book, Track Your Plaque: The only heart disease prevention program that shows how to use the new CT heart scans to detect, track, and control coronary plaque.

To make information more accessible, Dr. Davis has written a new book that he is making available for free. What Does My Heart Scan Show? is being offered for free download at his website, http://www.trackyourplaque.com.    

“I hope to arm people with reliable information before talking to their physicians. If a doctor advises you that your heart scan signifies low risk of heart attack, is this true? Does he/she deliver provide this advice out of true knowledge or ignorance? On the other hand, if your physician advises a major heart procedure, is it truly necessary? What are the alternatives? A heart scan is, in truth, the most important health test any adult can get—if used properly.”

A full listing of all scanners in the U.S. is available at the http://www.trackyourplaque.com website. The free 120-page book, What Does My Heart Scan Show, is also available from this website. Davis’ book, Track Your Plaque, is also available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, bookstores, and http://www.trackyourplaque.com.

BOOK EXCERPT:

“I had a heart scan back in 2000 and my score was 778. The report said this was high. I was at high risk for heart attack in my future. It seemed particularly concerning because nearly all the score was in one artery. The printed report advised me to speak to my doctor immediately about it. But when I took the report to my family doctor, he brushed it aside and told me to ignore it. End of conversation.

In 2005, I nearly died from a heart attack. I ended up with bypasses to the very same artery that the heart scan had red-flagged five years earlier. To say the least, I’m very angry that my heart scan wasn’t taken seriously.” -- Don H., 67; Northbrook, Illinois

For Further Information or an interview contact:

To interview Dr. Davis, call 414-456-1123 or contact him via e-mail at contact@trackyourplaque.com.

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