Taking care of your heart is one of the most important tasks in life. A strong, healthy heart is pivotal to avoiding the development of cardiovascular disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, as nearly 610,000 people die every year. As providers of the gold standard pet scan technology, our team at Mobile Cardiac Imaging, Inc. wants to take note of the leading cardiovascular diseases.
Heart disease revolves around atherosclerosis, a condition that results from plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries. This condition narrows the arteries and forces your heart to work harder to push blood through. In the case that a blood clot forms, the result will be a blood clot or a stroke. Specific examples of heart disease include heart failure, congenital heart disease, mitral regurgitation, myocardial infarction, dilated cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease.
In the case that a blood clot cuts off blood flow to part of the heart, a heart attack will likely occur. When this occurs, that portion of your heart begins to die because of the lack of blood flow. While many people ultimately survive their first heart attack, it’s a warning sign that changes need to be implemented including eating a healthier diet and getting more exercise. Your doctor may also prescribe medication to help you repair any damage that was caused.
The most common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke and it occurs when a blood clot (or another type of blockage) blocks a blood vessel from traveling to the brain. When the blood supply is cut off, your brain cells will start to die, potentially resulting in a loss of functionality in areas such as walking or talking. The damage may be temporary if the cells don’t die, and the damaged cells can repair themselves over time.
Our Mobile PET Scan Technology Can Help
The aforementioned diseases are only a handful of examples. Hearts are vital organs that can, unfortunately, experience many problems and complications if they’re not properly cared for. If your medical practice is dedicated to providing the gold standard when it comes to mobile cardiac PET scanning, get in touch with us to see how we can help you with your diagnostic needs.