My Doctor Said My Cholesterol Was Fine...So Why Did I Have a Heart Attack

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Heart attacks come as a complete surprise to both victim and doctor. Most survivors will point out that their cholesterols were normal. In fact, 95% of all heart disease goes undetected until catastrophe strikes. What's wrong with the tests doctors are using to identify hidden heart disease?

This year, the American Heart Association predicts that 1.2 million people will suffer a heart attack; 700,000 of these will be among unsuspecting first-time victims (American Heart Association, Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics, 2004 Update). All of them will come as complete surprises to the victim's doctor.

“1.2 million heart attacks represent 1.2 million failures of prevention. It shouldn't happen. Hidden potential for heart attack is now as easy to detect as high blood pressure,” says cardiologist Dr. William Davis. “The problem is that most people rely on false indicators like cholesterol to predict their future.”

Davis points out what every healthcare consumer must know to avoid heart attack:

  •     Why cholesterol can not possibly tell you whether you have hidden heart disease
  •     Myths about stress tests and other standard heart tests
  •     Why your hospital relies on your heart attack to generate revenues and profits and how this affects the way your doctor practices
  •     What single test reveals hidden heart disease with 98% certainty

Dr. Davis details his views in his new book, Track Your Plaque: The only heart disease prevention program that shows you how to use the new heart scans to detect, track, and control coronary plaque. “Heart scans are an actual gauge of heart disease itself, unlike cholesterol and other risk factors which only suggest statistical risk for heart attack,” Davis explains. “The cost of one bypass operation would buy over 200 heart scans with the potential to save a lot more, not to mention saved lives.”

There are now some 200 CT scanners nationwide with the capability of providing detailed and precise images of the coronary arteries. Dr. Davis says that the website will be making available a free 100-page book, What Does My Heart Scan Show, that shows how to get started on a heart disease prevention program that begins with a CT heart scan.

To interview Dr. Davis, call 414-456-1123.


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