Sharp chest pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the emergency room in the United States. In fact, it accounts for more than 8 million visits a year. Most people that visit the hospital for chest pain aren’t experiencing a full-blown heart attack – but suffering from heart disease.
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For these patients, it can take hours to days to receive a definitive diagnosis. However, there’s a CT scan that can identify your risk of heart attack sooner than traditional testing methods. Today, we’ll be discussing this type of scan and how it can be used to tackle chest pain (and heart disease) in its earliest stages.
Traditional EKG Methods
As mentioned, various patients visiting the emergency room aren’t experiencing a heart attack but something else. An EKG measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat. By measuring time intervals, a doctor can identify whether electrical activity is normal or slow, faster or irregular.
However, Dr. Judd Hollander, clinical research director at the University of Pennsylvania, warns an EKG may not be the most effective way to diagnose heart disease. “An EKG only shows if you’re having the big one, and two-thirds of heart attacks will have one that’s not diagnostic.”
The Benefits of CT Scans
Emergency rooms can be busy, crowded and take days to receive your results. But with a CT heart scan, technicians can provide the same level of service you’d expect in the emergency room without the invasiveness and delays of traditional tests. Additionally, CT heart scans are faster, often taking less than 15 minutes to conduction. As a result, patients can obtain results in as little as a day.
How it Works
A CT scan generates three-dimensional images of the heart and its surrounding blood vessels. With state-of-the-art technology, our GE Revolution CT scanner can detect the smallest irregularities months or even years before you experience a major cardiac event.
Patients who participate in routine preventive screenings spend less time in the hospital. And compared to an emergency room bill, a standard CT scan can be more cost-effective – averaging right around $1,500. (At Advanced Body Scan of Tulsa , you can receive screening and diagnosis for $640.) Additionally, patients can be sent home in as little as an hour.
If you’re experiencing discomfort in the chest or pain radiating to your neck, jaw or arms, you may be suffering from heart disease. And, a traditional EKG may not always be able to detect it.
With a heart or full body scan from Advanced Body Scan of Tulsa, you can increase your chances of survival while saving the time, headaches and lengthy bills that come with trips to the hospital. To learn more about CT scans or to make an appointment, we encourage you to reach out to us today at (918) 879-6161.
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