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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.

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