Easy as EBT? Michael Jackson's Life May Have Been Saved with Scan

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Survey finds public belief that heart scan could have prevented Jackson's death.

a cat-scan would pick up heart disease and the tendency for heart disease better than any other test available, and if indeed Michael Jackson died from cardiopulmonary disease and cardiac arrest this simple test would have detected a problem.

Singer Michael Jackson died after going into cardiac arrest in his home last Friday, and has since been mourned the world over--but could the King of pop have been saved by a simple medical exam?

ScanDirectory.com, an online community of health education, news and patient inquiries to diagnostic imaging centers, is running a poll showing that the majority of voters believes a heart scan performed before the fateful episode might have saved Michael's life.

A heart scan can detect calcifications (or the hardening of plaque) in the arteries of the heart. If clogged arteries are identified early, lifestyle and medical choices can be made to try to prevent heart disease, most frequent underlying cause of cardiac arrest.

Dr. Emanuel Shaoulian of ScanDirectory.com acknowledges that, "a cat-scan would pick up heart disease and the tendency for heart disease better than any other test available, and if indeed Michael Jackson died from cardiopulmonary disease and cardiac arrest this simple test would have detected a problem."

But heart disease may not have ended Michael Jackson's history-making life. In an article for HealthDay, Dr. Bruce Lindsay, director of cardiac electrophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic, notes that "there is a complex relationship between heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest." Cardiac arrest can be caused by scarring, weakness of the heart from disease, or drug-related reactions. According to reports on Friday, doctors doing the autopsy on Jackson would be looking for possible effects of drugs.

About ScanDirectory:
Offering a medically reviewed resource to the public, the website's mission is to provide accurate and reliable information on diagnostic radiology procedures and connections to locally verified Imaging Centers which use Computerized Tomography (CT) and MRI technology.

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Olivia Felton
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