No. Please, no more. Beloved celebrities Carrie Fisher, Florence Henderson, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, and Alan Thicke have died over the past several weeks due to heart-related disease. Their untimely deaths prompt me to share information about a simple, non-invasive, and inexpensive test that may save your and your loved ones’ lives.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart failure, is the leading global cause of death, according to the American Heart Association. CVD accounts for more than 17.3 million deaths worldwide. And about one of every three deaths in the United States is attributable to CVD. Unfortunately, the CVD death rate is expected to grow significantly–to over 23.6 million–by the year 2030.
An Easy and Potentially Life-Saving Test
A little-known, non-invasive screening test may prevent some heart disease by alerting patients about their risk of a heart attack well before it happens. This test is called CT cardiac calcium scoring test that measures calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. But here’s the catch: many doctors never mention the test to patients, and most health insurance policies do not cover the test’s cost–usually $150 or less!
Fortunately, my cardiologist recommended the CT cardiac calcium scoring test to me, a patient in her early sixties with familial history of heart disease. He told me that my health insurance most likely would not cover the testing fee. Understanding the significance of the test, I gladly paid for it out-of-pocket.
The test, conducted in a CT scan machine, was super easy and only took ten minutes or so. Within a week, I learned that my CT cardiac calcium score was “zero,” a remarkable result for a sexagenarian. I rest assured that there is almost no likelihood of experiencing a heart attack in the next five years!
I have little calcium in my coronary arteries because I take vitamin K2 with my daily 10,000 IU of vitamin D3. Most Western diets do not include food rich in vitamins D3 and K2. For that reason, it usually requires daily supplementation to enjoy Vitamin D Wellness that includes less calcium in your coronary arteries.
Avoid Heart Failure
To assess the risk of a heart attack, consider a CT cardiac calcium scoring test. In addition, ensure you are enjoying Vitamin D Wellness that may minimize the risk of heart failure.
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