Martha Jefferson HealthWise - February 14

February 14, 2006

When it comes to coronary heart disease, most individuals don't show any evidence for decades. The disease tends to progress significantly before the first onset of symptoms, which is often a sudden heart attack. Doctors are now using a test called a Coronary CTA to help detect a coronary heart disease sooner.

Doctors Colt Peyton and Jonathon Ciambotti came to the studio to explain more about this procedure. Coronary CTA is a new technology offered at Martha Jefferson Hospital that basically takes pictures of someone's arteries, to help determine heart disease before it becomes to late.

Interestingly enough, it only takes 5 heart beats to get images of the coronary arteries, making it a relatively quick and painless procedure.

To learn more about this procedure, and who should discuss it further with their doctor, click the video link above.

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