A new year inspires many of us to reflect and set goals, and most want to finally take steps to implement a healthier lifestyle. You might resolve to drink more water or walk 10,000 steps every day.
Unfortunately, the healthcare industry positions patients in a place where we wait until we are sick or symptomatic, but at Advanced Body Scan of Tulsa, we flip the script because we have access to the same technology from a preventive standpoint.
We’ve outlined several reasons you need to get a heart and lung scan in 2019. This could be the year you take steps to be proactive about your health.
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1. Early Detection Means Early Solutions
Receiving a heart and lung scan before you become symptomatic means you can find issues early. We are big proponents of preventive medicine. There is profit to be made in waiting until patients are truly sick rather than providing screening early and often, which is one reason why the American healthcare system is so expensive and broken.
Our mission is to make the technology of CT scanning available to the general public, not just patients receiving care in hospitals or doctors’ offices. If you can find the disease sooner rather than later, you’re looking at a faster road to recovery and one that isn’t paved with expensive hospital bills.
Fighting some of the toughest diseases isn’t a walk in the park. It is strenuous and exhausting. The longer a symptom is left untreated, the more difficult it is to correct. Catching something early means an easier fight on your side.
2. You’re Another Year Older
None of us are getting any younger, and as you grow older, your risk for developing a disease is higher. A lot of things can happen in a year. Cancer can develop, or calcium scores can change. You don’t want to wait for symptoms. Instead, you want to be proactive instead of reactive.
If you have a concern or are at the peak of your health, a heart and lung scan will show you what steps you should take to make healthier decisions over the next year.
3. You want Peace-of-Mind
After your visit, you might be happy because your scan revealed no abnormalities. You could also be happy to have found a concerning problem early rather than later while treatment options are still available.
We have plenty of patients leave with a clean bill of health, and we have others who find cancerous tumors or concerning nodules. Either way, knowing what your healthy baseline is can be useful in the future for any doctor who will be looking at your charts.
It is easier to determine what is right and what is not right in your future scans if you have a benchmark to reveal any new areas of concern.
4. Your Family Has a History of Heart Disease
Has anyone in your family experienced a heart attack? Genetic predisposition is one of the leading risk factors in heart disease. Getting a heart scan can further evaluate your risk of having a heart attack and indicate if you need to make any lifestyle changes to ensure a long and healthy life.
These are results that you can take back with you to help others plan accordingly. Knowing can help you plan and can help your family prepare as well.
5. You’ve Been Exposed to Irritants to the Lungs
Secondhand smoke, environmental factors and of course, smoking can cause some serious issues in your lungs. In the United States, about 225,000 people per year are diagnosed with lung cancer. In fact it is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women.
However, early lung cancer detection and prevention is changing the way doctors diagnose and treat the condition, thus saving lives. A lung scan at Advanced Body Scan of Tulsa may detect cancerous and suspicious masses before they become life-threatening.
What Can You Expect At Your Appointment?
When you decide it’s time for a scan, it’s simple and quick. A heart scan and coronary calcium report is essentially looking for calcium buildup in your arteries. Just like bones, which are made of calcium, build up in the arteries will light up on the scan.
Calcifications present in coronary arteries can be an early sign of heart disease. Lung scans are most often used to diagnose and find blood clots or other small masses. The entire scan takes just minutes, and then the results are sent to your physician for evaluation and follow-up.
Set Up Your Appointment Today!
The next step is setting up your appointment at Advanced Body Scan of Tulsa before the end of the year or the beginning of January. We look forward to helping you take control of your health in 2019. Call us today at 918-879-6161 to schedule your appointment.
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