It’s American Heart Month - a reminder to stop and think about the health of our most vital organ - the heart. The good news is that heart disease is often preventable, and there are advanced imaging tests for early detection.
Did you know that 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart disease annually?1 Since heart disease is often a silent killer, your doctor may order one or more of these tests to get important visual data and information about your heart’s chambers, blood vessels and blood flow.
Magnetic resonance imaging MRI is a noninvasive test doctors use to produce detailed pictures of internal body structures like the heart for early disease detection. Cardiac MRI helps your doctor detect or monitor cardiac disease by:
- Evaluating the anatomy and function of the heart chambers, heart valves, size of and blood flow through major vessels, and the surrounding structures
- Diagnosing cardiovascular disorders
- Monitoring the progression of cardiovascular disorders
Computerized tomography CT Scan uses many X-rays from different angles to construct images of your heart using a scanner and computer. This quick but detailed, high-resolution scan shows your healthcare provider problems with your heart structure, valves, arteries, aorta, and more. A cardiac CT scan helps your doctor see the following:
- Heart chambers, muscles, and valves
- Pulmonary veins
- Sac around your heart (pericardium)
- Coronary arteries that supply your heart
A scan of your heart helps your doctor better understand potential health risks, like heart attack or stroke. Imaging tests for heart disease are quick and painless, and provide important visual data for your healthcare providers to diagnose heart disease. Thanks to modern-day imaging tests, detection can prevent debilitating health conditions and even death.
The team at Houston MRI cares about your wellness and heart health. Houston MRI offers affordable imaging services in several convenient locations across the Houston metro area. Contact us at (713)425-8190 to schedule an appointment.
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