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This World Heart Day, Be Proactive, Get the Facts

Chennai: In line with the theme for this year's World Heart Day -- "How Young is Your Heart" - GE Healthcare has a simple message for people in Chennai// : "Be Proactive, Get the Facts".

According to Dr R Emmanuel, Managing Director, Bharat Scans in Chennai, "Learning that you or someone you love has a serious heart condition can be very difficult. But today there's more hope than ever. By taking a proactive role in learning about the disease and the treatment options available, you can do more to fight heart disease than you may realize. An important first step is to get the heart examined to ascertain the facts about your present condition. This can be easily done using the very latest technology such as the LightSpeed Volume CT system installed at Bharat Scans. With this Volume CT system we can capture images of the heart in just five heart beats. More importantly, this is done non-invasively so you can literally have a check up and walk out almost immediately thereafter."

"Now heart attacks can be prevented. For the first time, a CT angio can help you detect any block at a very early stage in a simple, short procedure. The procedure is so simple, it takes less than 5 seconds. It helps in detecting the vulnerable plaque in asymptomatic people. These plaques, if detected early, are reversible. Detecting an asymptomatic patient with disease and preventing risk in cardiac death is an important milestone in preventive cardiac care. This is an outpatient with no admission needed", added Dr Emmanuel.

According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, are the leading cause of death globally, killing more than 17 million people in 2005. Each year, 3.8 million men and 3.4 million women worldwide die from coronary heart disease. Since 1990, more people have died from coronary heart disease than from any other cause.

In India, coronary heart disease is a major cause fo r concern. According to a recent global study on cardiac diseases by World Health Organization (WHO): 1. India has the highest number of deaths from coronary heart disease throughout the world: 1,531,534. China comes second with 702,925 deaths due to heart disease. 2. The number of deaths in India that occurred due to stroke: 771,067 3. The number of deaths in India that occurred due to Rheumatic heart disease: 103,913

"Coronary heart disease is the number one killer disease in India and the best way to manage it, is to treat it early through timely detection. With the Volume CT system installed at our hospital, our doctors can help patients stop a heart attack even before it happens," said Mrs Mallika Mohan Das, Chairman, MIOT Hospital, Chennai. "64 slice CT has made tremendous impact in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease in high risk individuals even before a heart attack. Since images delivered by this latest VCT scanner, is as good as conventional angio, the negative predictive value of coronary artery disease is very good."

Mr. V. Raja, President & CEO, GE Healthcare South Asia said, "Perhaps the most beautiful word in the entire medical lexicon is "early." After all, "early" is optimal for diagnosis and treatment. And thanks to new advanced technologies like LightSpeed Volume CT available today, clinicians have the ability to diagnose disease earlier".

The LightSpeed VCT enables physicians to capture images of the heart and coronary arteries in just five heartbeats - something no other CT system can offer. In a single rotation, the LightSpeed VCT creates 64 submillimeter images, totaling 40 millimeter of anatomical coverage, which may be combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patient's anatomy for physicians to analyze.

Installed at some of the premier hospitals in the country, the LightSpeed Volume CT system has transformed the way doctors are able to diagnose and treat heart disease a nd other life-threatening illnesses. It is breaking barriers in speed of diagnosis and accuracy, enabling doctors to diagnose and treat patients in the shortest time possible.

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